In many regions of the world, countries have committed to devote up to 1% or even 3% of their GDP to financing R&D programmes. Indeed, some examples show that such expenses allow the development of the economy and of the international influence. However, most are far from their goals.

The International Year will

  • highlight examples of financial support to basic sciences;

  • showcase their results;

  • invite political leaders to reach their own commitments to finance basic sciences.