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[IWS] NSF: U.S. Businesses Report 2008 Worldwide R&D Expense of $330 Billion: Findings from New NSF Survey [26 May 2010]

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U.S. Businesses Report 2008 Worldwide R&D Expense of $330 Billion: Findings from New NSF Survey [26 May 2010]

NSF 10-322 | May 2010


[full-text, 8 pages]



Companies located in the United States that have research and development activities—both U.S.-owned businesses and U.S. affiliates of foreign parents—reported worldwide sales of $11 trillion in calendar year 2008 and worldwide R&D expenses of $330 billion (table 1). Most ($234 billion) of that R&D expense was for R&D conducted in companies’ own facilities in the United States.


These figures are from the first Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS), developed jointly by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Census Bureau (Census).2 This first survey was conducted as a full-scale pilot, mailed to a representative sample of about 40,000 companies in January 2009. These data are preliminary; final statistics from the pilot will be available in early 2011. Two additional reports scheduled for release in 2010 will present preliminary 2008 statistics on worldwide and domestic employment, including R&D employment, and on innovation, respectively.


BRDIS collects a wealth of data on business R&D and innovation activities performed in the United States that were not collected by its predecessor, the Survey of Industrial Research and Development. Among its major features, the new survey collects data for companies’ worldwide activities, including separate data for their domestic and foreign operations; sales and R&D data by business activity; and R&D expense data, in addition to the R&D performance data NSF traditionally has collected. Some terms used to report BRDIS data were not used or differ from terms used to report data from its predecessor, and the two surveys use different methods to assign industry classifications. See “Definitions” and “Survey Information and Data Availability,” at the end of this report, for further information.


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