Hunan Issues Report on Regional Sci-tech Innovation Capacity

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On December 30, the Hunan Institute of Scientific and Technical Information issued a report in Changsha on Hunan¡¯s regional capacity for scientific and technological innovation in 2021. Changsha, Zhuzhou, and Xiangtan ranked top three in terms of the comprehensive score, respectively 94.73, 86.9, and 84.74.

The report benchmarked with the reginal innovation capacity evaluation system of China, and based on Hunan¡¯s characteristics of innovation development, to set up a regional sci-tech innovation capacity evaluation system. It is composed of 5 first-level, 15 second-level, and 60 third-level indicators. The first-level indicators are composed of five factors, namely sci-tech innovation investment, outcomes, performances, platforms and environment, and enterprise sci-tech innovation. Gross volume, occupation, and growth rate were considered to reflect basis, efficiency, and potential of innovation development in city-level regions. The evaluation indicators were quantitative, based on yearbooks and data from the Hunan Statistics Bureau and the Hunan Department of Science and Technology.

Hengyang showed a leapfrog development in sci-tech innovation. Its innovation capacity score hit 80 for the first time, ranking fourth province-wide. It has been a top-tier innovative city in the province. Changde presented notable potential, with its innovation capacity ranking rising for two consecutive years, and has become one of the important development poles of regional sci-tech innovation together with Yueyang. Huaihua and Yongzhou stood out with their rankings ascending two places. Other cities and prefecture all have made progress at varying degrees.

The report summarized that, Hunan¡¯s regional innovation development shows distinctive characteristics.

The Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan region has played a leading role, with the outcomes in the core sci-tech innovation indicators, such as R&D expenditure, basic research funds, local fiscal investment, added value of hi-tech industry, and valid patents for invention, accounting for more than half of the province¡¯s total. 
The Dongting Lake area showed an increasing innovation vitality. The growth rate of the number of hi-tech enterprises, export value of hi-tech products, and number of large enterprises which conduct R&D in this area, were obviously higher than other regions.

The south Hunan area has accelerated and expanded investment in innovation, with its growth of basic research funds faster than other regions.

The governments in west Hunan area has given greater support to innovation development, with the growth rate in each aspect of local fiscal expenditure in science and technology, government investment in research, additional tax deductions for enterprise research and development, and awards and subsidies for enterprise R&D, was higher than the provincial average.