Want to Be a Scientist? Maybe You Better Learn Chinese
- Japan increased its funding by $9 billion, while the U.S. reduced its funding by $12 billion.
- China had the largest percentage increase, a whopping 313 percent, from about $2 billion in 2007 to $8.4 billion in 2012. That's a relatively small investment, but it suggests a trend.
- The U.S. share of global biomedical research funding fell from 51.2 percent to 45.4 percent, although this country is still the largest investor in the world. The amount dropped from $131.3 billion in 2007 to $119.3 billion in 2012. During that same period Asia and other Pacific countries hiked their investment from $41.1 billion to $62.0 billion with Japan leading that region, climbing from $28.2 billion to $37.2 billion.