The 2012 edition of Research and Development Statistics (RDS) released in March, provides a wide range of recent data on the resources devoted to R&D in all OECD countries and selected non-member economies. The statistical series 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 retrospective surveys of the units carrying out the R&D, though 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.
The electronic data product, OECD Science, Technology and R&D Statistics, combines Research and Development Statistics with the latest edition of Main Science and Technology Indicators.
The OECD R&D and GBAORD Sources and Methods databases contain metadata, relating to the series presented in Main Science and Technology Indicators and Research and Development Statistics and are available at: http://webnet.oecd.org/rd_gbaord_metadata/default.aspx
OECD Science, Technology and R&D Statistics is also available online to subscribing institutions at OECDiLibrary.