Definition: Full-time equivalent (FTE)
Research and development
An FTE may be thought of as one person-year. Thus, a person who normally spends 30% of his or her time on R&D and the rest on other activities (e.g. teaching, administration or student counselling) should be counted as 0.3 of an FTE. Similarly, if a full-time R&D worker is employed by an R&D unit for only 6 months, he or she is counted as 0.5 of an FTE.
Research and Development: Annual Statistics 1999, Eurostat, p. 40