National Survey of Research and Experimental Development (2010/11 Fiscal Year): main results 2010/11

OUTPUT TYPE: Research report- client
TITLE AUTHOR(S): T.Batidzirai, W.Blankley, I.Booyens, D.Labadarios, V.Leiberum, B.Mabovu, H.Makelane, N.Molotja, N.Mustapha, N.Nkobole, S.Parker, M.Phiri, G.Ritacco, J.Rumbelow, N.Saunders, M.Sithole, N.Vlotman
DEPARTMENT: Center for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTii)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10904

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The National Survey of Research and Experimental Development (R&D) is undertaken annually to monitor the country's investments in R&D. The survey provides information on R&D funding and performance in South Africa. The data help to profile the size and shape of the R&D landscape and support the production of statistics for use in system-level planning, monitoring and evaluation. The 2010/11 R&D survey recorded that South Africa spent R20.254 billion as gross expenditure on research and development (GERD), a nominal decrease of 3.3% from the R20.254 billion recorded for 2009/10. With the GERD as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at 0.76%, the findings indicate a fourth consecutive decline from 0.93% of 2007/08, 0.92% of 2008/09 and 0.87% in 2009/10. These declines are occurring in an environment of modest increases in GDP.