R&D Survey Report 2011/2012 released

The HSRC's Centre for Science and Technology Indicators (CeSTII) has released the latest national R&D Survey report as well as the latest statistical report.

The National Survey of Research and Experimental Development (R&D survey) is undertaken annually to monitor the country’s investments in research and development (R&D). The survey provides important information to profile the size and shape of the R&D landscape. It also supports the production of statistics for use in system-level planning, monitoring and evaluation.

The 2011/12 R&D survey registered a recovery, with gross expenditure on research and development (GERD) increasing for the first time following two consecutive years of decline, namely in 2009/10 and 2010/11. All the sectors targeted by the survey have increased their R&D expenditure, with a notable increase coming from the higher education sector.

GERD as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) remained at 0,76%, the same level as in 2010/11. In global terms, this ratio is below the world average of 1.77. This indicates that, even if South Africa is among the leading developing countries in terms of investment in R&D and innovation, it needs to intensify its efforts to improve its competitiveness in the global knowledge economy.

The full South African National Survey of Research and Experimental Development, Main Analysis report: 2011/12 survey report can be downloaded from the CeSTII page on this website.

Here is the direct link to the 2011/12 Survey Report.

Here is the direct link to the 2011/12 Statistical Report.

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