The 2014 edition of Research and Development Statistics (RDS), released in April, provides a wide range of recent data on the resources devoted to R&D in all OECD countries and selected non-member economies.
RDS is based on the data reported to OECD and Eurostat in the framework of the joint OECD/Eurostat international data collection on resources devoted to R&D.
The statistical series published start from 1981 and cover the following fields:
A first set of tables deals with gross domestic expenditure on research and experimental development (GERD). This covers all R&D carried out on a national territory in the year concerned using various breakdowns. R&D expenditure data are expressed in million national currency, million current PPP$, and million constant $ (2005 prices and PPPs).
The second set covers resources devoted to R&D measured in labour terms, i.e. R&D personnel by sector of employment and various breakdowns. R&D personnel data are expressed in full time equivalents on R&D (FTE) and in headcounts.
Datasets on R&D expenditure and personnel are also provided for R&D carried out in the business enterprise sector with detailed data by industry or size class. Additionally R&D in the higher education and private non-profit sectors are also available with detailed data by field of science or type of costs.
The R&D expenditure and personnel tables are based on surveys of the units carrying out the R&D and national estimates and forecasts have been included when available. More up to date information on government intentions or objectives when committing money to R&D can be derived from budgets. These data are shown in the government budget appropriations or outlays for RD (GBAORD) table, which includes the breakdown of government R&D budgets by socio economic objective (SEO).
Quality control and international comparability
R&D data are collected at a national level through surveys and other sources following the recommendations of the OECD Frascati Manual, which is the internationally recognised standard in this area (www.oecd.org/sti/frascatimanual)
Data are then submitted by national contacts to the OECD (in co-ordination with Eurostat for EU countries) and reviewed in order to ensure consistency
Countries are also required to provide detailed metadata in order to identify and assess any deviations from the Frascati guidelines
When data are disseminated, flags are used to provide information on specific series and datapoints.
The ANalytical Business Enterprise Research and Development database (ANBERD) was developed to provide analysts with comprehensive and internationally comparable data on industrial R&D expenditures. This dataset is primarily based on the official business enterprise R&D data found in RDS, but it also contains many OECD estimates and may differ from data found in national publications.