Research & Development
Latest Results - Published 20th November 2014
- Total expenditure on R&D in Northern Ireland in cash terms was £645.1 million in 2013, of which £481.8m (75%) was spent by Businesses, £147.0m (23%) by the Higher Education sector and the remainder (£16.3m or 3%) was Government expenditure. There was an increase of £21.0m (3%) in cash terms in Northern Ireland total R&D expenditure between 2012 and 2013, driven by the Business sector.
- Total business R&D expenditure in 2013 was £481.8m, up £20.5m (4%) in cash terms on the previous year. Between 2008 and 2013, overall Business R&D expenditure has risen by 162% in cash terms (from £183.9m).
- The percentage increase in Northern Ireland (in- house) business R&D expenditure (5.5%) between 2012 and 2013 was the ninth highest of the 12 UK regions. Of the 12 UK regions, eleven showed an increase in cash terms over the period.
- Government R&D expenditure rose in cash terms by £0.8m (5%) while Higher Education expenditure decreased by £0.3m (-0.2%) over the year.
- The ten biggest spending companies accounted for 60% of the total R&D spend in Northern Ireland in 2013, lower than in 2012 (63%).
- Externally owned companies accounted for 75% of Business R&D expenditure compared to 25% by locally owned companies. R&D spend by locally owned companies reported an annual increase of 16%.
- Expenditure by Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) increased by £1m (0.6%) from 2012 to 2013, in cash terms. Since 2008 such expenditure has increased by 64% to £173.8m.
R&D Survey Publications
- R&D Headline Results 2012 (PDF 87 KB)
- R&D Statistics 2011 (PDF 220 KB)
- R&D Headline Results 2011
- R&D Statistics 2010 (PDF 265 KB)
- R&D Headline Results 2010
- R&D Statistics 2009 (PDF 356 KB)
- R&D Statistics 2008 (PDF 341 KB)
- R&D Statistics 2007 (PDF 325 KB)
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