Types of R&D


Three types of R&D are considered under the term ‘R&D’: basic research, applied research and experimental development. See the relevant definitions in this glossary.

Data source

R&D surveys.

Source definition

OECD (2015), Frascati Manual 2015: Guidelines for Collecting and Reporting Data on Research and Experimental Development.


To break down R&D expenditure by type of R&D activity.