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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 conduct National Survey of R&D 2019 to collect data on the R&D activities for the financial year 2018.

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Pattern of The Study

Last modified
May 2019