Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDI-1)


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About the Survey


13.  What information does the Business R&D and Innovation Survey collect?

The Business R&D and Innovation Survey collects the following information from companies:
  • Financial information about R&D the companies pay for (R&D expenses)
  • Strategic and technical information about the companies' R&D expenses
  • Financial and technical information about R&D that is paid for by others such as contract R&D or R&D funded by a government grant
  • Information about the companies' R&D employees
  • Information about the companies' innovation activities, intellectual property, and technology transfer activities.

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14.  Who will use the data from this survey?

Because R&D and innovation are so important to competitiveness in today's economy, many companies and organizations are very interested in analyzing data from this survey. Some of these data users include:

  • Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The BEA will include R&D in its system of national accounts which measure the economic well-being of the country. The data from this survey are a key input into these accounts, which feed into the estimates of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  • The White House. In 2006 The White House issued the American Competitiveness Initiative to "increase investments in research and development, strengthen education, and encourage entrepreneurship." Data on R&D are delivered to The White House and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) for policy uses.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF produces a series of publications containing R&D data. These include the biennial National Science Board report, Science and Engineering Indicators, the National Patterns of R&D Resources series, the S&E State Profile series, the annual Research and Development in Industry, and the forthcoming Research and Development in Business series.
  • Congress. Members of Congress use R&D data to inform their decisions on policies intended to influence investment in innovation such as the R&D tax credit.
  • Trade and professional organizations. A wide range of organizations use R&D data to analyze trends in their industries, benchmark the performance of their members, develop forecasts, and evaluate public policy.
  • Media. The media use these data for news reports and background information on the state of science and technology in the economy.
  • Business executives. Private businesses use these data to measure market share, analyze business potential, benchmark performance against industry averages, and plan investments.

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15.  Are there detailed instructions for each survey question?

Yes, under the "Forms & Instructions" section there are Question by Question Instructions to help you complete the survey.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | BHS Team |   Last Revised: March 31, 2016 16:46:24