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Business Expenditure on Research and Development – 2009/2010 Preliminary Findings

From the CSO:

Almost €1.9bn spent on research and development activities

Preliminary figures indicate that in 2009 almost €1.9bn was spent on research and development activities by enterprises across all business sectors in Ireland.

Estimates of expected expenditure in 2010 indicate that the research and development spend will be just over €1.7bn.
Small enterprises with less than 50 persons engaged spent €300m on research and development in 2009, while medium/large enterprises with 50 or more persons engaged spent almost €1.6bn. Estimated figures for 2010 indicate that the spend for small enterprises would be €425m, with a corresponding figure of €1.28bn for medium/large enterprises.

Preliminary figures for 2009 in this release also show that:
 Current expenditure on research and development activities was €1.54bn while capital expenditure was €326m. See Table 1.
 A total of 15,773 personnel were involved in research and development activities which equates to a full time equivalent (FTE) figure of 11,959. See Tables 2 & 5.
 There were 8,960 persons engaged as researchers working on research and development activities, while 3,572 persons were engaged as technicians and 3,241 as support staff. There were 7,732 FTE researchers, 2,599 FTE technicians and 1,628 FTE support staff. See Tables 3 & 5 .
 There were 11,601 male and 4,172 female research personnel engaged in enterprises. See Table 4.
 There were 1,282 enterprises engaged in research and development activities in Ireland in 2009 and almost a third of these enterprises spent €500,000 or more. See Table 6.
The figures in this release are preliminary and are subject to revision. Final results are expected in April 2011.

Report here: berdpre.pdf (application/pdf Object).

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