CeSTII welcomes data requests

The results of the annual South African National Survey of Research and Experimental Development form part of South Africa’s official statistics.

In order to meet the fundamental principles of official statistics, as laid out by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), CeSTII requires some additional information about you prior to the provision of data.

The information you provide to us is only used to communicate with you and determine which sectors make use of the information contained in the R&D Surveys. The HSRC does not share the email addresses of users or any of the information entered by users on the website with any other company, or with any other user.

This information will only be requested once and stored with your user login. This will allow us to record each subsequent R&D Survey document download.

If you wish to obtain specific data that are not available through the HSRC’s Data Curation Unit, please send an email request to

Data Access Protocols

The HSRC Research Data Service provides a digital repository facility for the HSRC's research data in support of evidence-based human and social development in South Africa and the broader region.

Access to data is dependent on the ethical provisions protecting research participants, as well as on legal agreements with the owners, funders or in the case of data owned by the HSRC, the requirements of the depositors of the data.

We facilitate data use by preparing comprehensive metadata and disseminating data and related documents to appropriate target audiences.

Data sharing is subject to an End User License Agreement.


South African National Survey on Research & Experimental Development

Survey data may be freely used provided the source is acknowledged. Any interpretations or analysis of the data remains the responsibility of the third party.

The Department of Science and Technology commissions the HSRC to conduct the annual Survey of National Research and Experimental Development inputs, according to the guidelines laid down in the Frascati Manual.

The R&D Survey is undertaken by the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Indicators annually to collect data that are used to produce statistics of R&D activities in South Africa.

The statistics are used in the development of science policy to set government R&D priorities and funding levels, and for monitoring and benchmarking purposes.

The R&D Report has been approved by StatsSA and the DG for public release.

This site and the attached, downloadable documents, cover the methodology employed and the results for the five sectors covered in the Surveys.

The 2001/02 Survey constituted the first official survey since that of 1997/98. Following the Frascati Manual, the Survey covered business enterprises, government, higher education institutions, not-for-profit institutions and science councils.

South African Business Innovation Survey