Research and development

Research and development (R&D) statistics give you information about R&D activity done in New Zealand.

R&D is creative work that:

  • is carried out systematically with the goal of increasing knowledge
  • is characterised by originality
  • has investigation as a primary objective.

Note: This definition is based on OECD guidelines for international best practice.

Information releases

Explore our latest R&D statistics.

Research and Development Survey 
Key measures of the level of research and development activity in New Zealand. These include employment and expenditure by private sector enterprises, government departments, government-owned trading entities, and universities. This release is published every two years.

Reports and articles

Explore information we've gathered from research and analysis.

Research and Development in New Zealand: 2012 (published 2013)
Detailed results from the R&D Survey 2012 about business, government, and higher education (university) spending on R&D. The 2012 survey targets organisations that were pre-identified as undertaking R&D.

Research and Development in New Zealand: 2010  (published 2011)
Detailed results from the R&D Survey 2010 about business, government, and higher education (university) spending on R&D. The 2010 survey includes the commercial arms of universities for the first time.

Research and Development in New Zealand: 2008 (published 2009)
Detailed information about business, government, and higher education (university) spending on R&D from the 2008 R&D Survey. This is the first R&D report to use the updated Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification 2006 (ANZSIC06).

Research and Development in New Zealand: 2006 (published 2007)
A statistical picture that measures and evaluates New Zealand’s R&D performance. These statistics from the 2006 R&D Survey also help benchmark our R&D performance against other countries.

Research and Development in New Zealand: 2004 (published 2005)
Information from the 2004 R&D Survey about R&D’s role in promoting economic growth, and helping New Zealand compete on the international stage. The Government’s Growth and Innovation Framework reinforced the need for detailed statistics on R&D activity.

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