Research and Development


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Number of enterprises engaged in R&D, current and capital expenditure on R&D, and research personnel, classified by size of enterprise, nationality of ownership, sector of activity, and region. Information is also provided on recruitment of PhD researchers and on research collaboration.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


The CSO Business Expenditure on Research and Development (BERD) survey.


The research and development of enterprises across all business sectors of the economy.


Every 2 years

Reference period

Calendar year

Start date



Final Publication 18 months after the end of the reference year


  • Expenditure
    Current (Labour costs; Other current costs); Capital (Land and buildings; Instruments and equipment).
  • Expenditure type
    Basic research; Applied research; Experimental development.
  • Funding source
    Own company/internal funds; Public funding; All other sources.
  • Staff category
    PhD; Other researchers; Technicians; Support staff.
  • Enterprise size
    Less than 50 persons engaged; 50+ persons engaged.
  • Nationality of ownership
    Irish-owned; Foreign-owned.
  • Region (NUTS2)
    Border, Midland and Western; Southern and Eastern.
  • Sector of activity
    Manufacturing; Services.
  • Economic sector (NACE)
    Manufacturing (Food, beverages and tobacco; Textiles and textile products, leather and leather products; Wood and wood products; Pulp, paper and paper products, publishing and printing; Chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres; Rubber and plastic products; Other non-metallic mineral products; Basic metals and fabricated metal products; Machinery and equipment nec; Office machinery and computers; Electrical machinery and apparatus nec; Radio, television and communication equipment and apparatus; Medical, precision and optical instruments, watches and clocks; Transport equipment. Coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel and manufacturing nec) Services (Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and personal and household goods; Transport, storage and communication, Financial intermediation; Computer and related activities; Research and development; Other business activities; All other services); All other sectors.


Business Sectors - Science and Technology

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