Aim of this survey

The survey collects information about employment and expenditure on research and development (R&D) performed within private non-profit organisations such as charities and mutual associations.

Schools; universities; colleges; and manufacturing, retail and service companies should not receive this survey, as they report R&D figures elsewhere.

The data collected contributes to estimates of the resources devoted to R&D in the UK and allows for international comparisons.

What you need to know

To complete the survey, you will need the following information:

  • expenditure on in-house research and development (R&D); this is R&D carried out within this organisation either for the organisation itself or for a third party
  • funding received for R&D
  • purchase of R&D conducted outside this organisation
  • the number of employees working on in-house R&D
  • a breakdown of employment into scientists and engineers, technicians, and other supporting staff

All information you provide is strictly confidential.

Survey information

Selection criteria: all UK private non-profit organisations such as charities and mutual associations
Population: UK private non-profit organisations
Sample: approximately 200
Frequency: biennial (every other year)
Dispatch date: 8 June
Return-by date: 5 August

Dispatch and return-by dates are a guide. They are subject to change owing to national holidays and weekends.

Why you were selected

Your organisation has been selected from a directory of private non-profit organisations in the UK that perform research and development (R&D). Your response ensures we represent your industry.

The private non-profit organisations survey is conducted under the provisions of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947. Once selected, your organisation is legally obliged to comply. You cannot appeal your selection.

How to complete this survey

Please complete and return the questionnaire following the guidelines on the front page.

Reminders are issued automatically, so you may receive one if you submit data just before or after the return date.

This survey is currently not available to complete online. We are developing a secure online collection platform. You will receive a letter notifying you when you can complete the research and development (R&D) survey on our new platform. We appreciate your patience.

If you need help

If your question is not answered above, you may be able to find the answer in the About ONS business surveys section.

You can call us on 0300 1234 940. Please enter the three-digit survey ID 210.

From outside the UK: +44 1633 810495.

Er mwyn gwneud cais am ffurflen Gymraeg (to speak to someone in Welsh): 0300 1234 921.

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