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Summary of Survey Content

The new Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS) covers a variety of data on the R&D activities of companies operating in the United States. The five main topic areas are financial measures of R&D activity; company R&D activity funded by others; R&D employment; R&D management and strategy; and intellectual property, technology transfer, and innovation.

New. indicates items covering new data on R&D

Expanded. indicates items that provide more in-depth data

  • Financial measures of R&D activity
    • Detail on domestic and worldwide R&D activity New.
    • Company R&D expense Expanded.
      • Includes social science R&D
      • By business segment (i.e., below the company level)
      • By U.S. state location and country location
      • Outsourced R&D by sector (universities, other companies, etc.)
    • Detail on domestic and worldwide sales New.
    • Capital expenditures for R&D (buildings, software, equipment) New.
    • Projected R&D expense
  • Measures of company R&D activity funded by others
    • Funds for worldwide R&D activity as well as domestic activity New.
    • R&D funded by others
      • By business segment (i.e., below the company level) New.
      • By U.S. state location New.
      • By foreign versus domestic organization New.
      • R&D performed for others under grants, contracts, or other agreements New.
      • By type of organization (other companies, federal government, state and local governments, others) New.
      • For clinical trials and the production and testing of prototypes New.
  • Measures related to R&D employment
    • R&D employee counts (headcount) New.
      • U.S. headcount versus worldwide headcount
      • By occupational category (scientists, engineers, technicians, support)
      • By sex and level of educational attainment
    • Number of U.S. R&D employees working under a visa (H-1B, L-1, etc.) New.
    • R&D full-time equivalents (FTEs)
  • Measures related to R&D management and strategy Expanded.
    • Share of R&D
      • Devoted to social sciences New.
      • Devoted to new business areas for the company New.
      • Spent on research versus development
      • Devoted to specific application areas (health, defense, energy, etc.) New.
      • Devoted to specific technology areas, such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, software Expanded.
    • R&D partnerships Expanded.
      • By sector (universities, companies, government)
      • By type of organization (customer, vendor, competitor)
  • Measures related to intellectual property (IP), technology transfer, and innovation
    • Participation in activities that introduce new or improve existing goods, services, methods of manufacturing, distribution, or support systems New.
    • Patent-related data New.
    • Licensing to outside parties New.
    • Participation in specific technology-transfer activities New.


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