Annual estimates of research and development performed and funded by business enterprise, higher education, government, UK Research and Innovation and private non-profit organisations.



The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

Changes to this release date

  • Previous date:
    17 November 2022 09:30
    Reason for change:
    The Gross domestic expenditure on research and development 2020 and Business enterprise research and development 2021 statistical bulletins originally scheduled for publication tomorrow, Thursday 17 November, will now be published at 09:30 on Tuesday 22 November. This will enable further quality assurance and ensure consistency across the datasets We apologise for any inconvenience caused.