International Companies Fuel U.S. Innovation

May 03, 2019

2019 R&D Fact Sheet

Many international companies operating in the United States engage in productivity enhancing R&D activities that are critical for improving products and services. R&D performed by international companies in the United States exceeded $50 billion in each of the past five years and has experienced an upward trend, reaching its highest levels in 2016. In fact, in 2016, R&D expenditures by international companies topped $60 billion, representing 16 percent of all R&D performed by U.S.-based companies.