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MASTIC implement the collection of data about research and development (R&D) activities in the country to get the status, trends and statistics of national R&D for a period of financial year.

National Survey of R&D has been implemented by MASTIC since 1994 (for the financial year 1992). 13 National Survey of R & D have been published to meet demand by internal and external stakeholders of MASTIC.

The findings of the study will be used as an input to measure the performance of national R&D activities by comparing to the targets set by Government and also used for international comparison.

Scope and Methodology
  • This study adopted Frascati Manual guidelines issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, 2015) to enable benchmarking and international comparison. This study is conducted using census study included all public and private organisations which conduct R&D activities in specific financial year.


  • Public sector consists of Higher learning Institution (HLI) and Government Agencies & Research Institutes (GRI), while the Business Enterprise sector (BE) consists of government companies, government-linked companies and private companies/industries. The data collection for this study is done through online and manual filing of the questionnaire, in which organisations are asked to report detailed R&D activities.

Definition of research and development (R&D) activities according to Frascati Manual:
R&D are research and development activities that comprise creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, which could then be used to devise new applications.

Current Status Of Recent Study

MASTIC will be conducting National Survey of Research and Development to collect data on the R&D activities for the financial year 2020 in 2021. 

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Pattern of The Study

Last modified
Jun 2020