NCSES conducts a number of periodic surveys to assess trends in the science and engineering enterprise. Select an individual survey for a detailed description and links to related data, reports, publication series, and products.
The ABS is the primary source of information on R&D on for-profit businesses operating in the United States with one to nine employees. The ABS also collects data on innovation, technology, intellectual property, and financing from U.S.-based companies of all sizes.
The BERD Survey is the primary source of information on R&D expenditures and R&D employees of for-profit, publicly or privately held, nonfarm businesses with 10 or more employees in the United States that performed or funded R&D domestically or abroad.
The BRDI-M previously collected research and development and other innovation-related data from a sample of independent U.S. small businesses. Questions from the BRDI-M are now incorporated into the Annual Business Survey, starting with survey cycle 2017.
The Survey of Federal Funds for R&D is an annual census completed by the federal agencies that conduct R&D programs and serves as the primary source of information about federal funding for R&D in the United States.
The Federal S&E Support Survey is a congressionally mandated survey and the only source of comprehensive data on federal science and engineering (S&E) funding to individual academic and nonprofit institutions.
The Survey of State Government R&D provides comprehensive, uniform statistics regarding the extent of R&D activity performed and funded by departments and agencies in each of the nation's 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
The Survey of Science and Engineering Research Facilities is a congressionally mandated, biennial survey that collects data on the amount, construction, repair, renovation, and funding of research facilities at U.S. colleges and universities.
The GSS is an annual census of all academic institutions in the United States and its territories granting research-based master's degrees or doctorates in science, engineering, or selected health fields as of the fall of the survey year.
The ECDS provides statistics on the demographics, labor market experiences, and jobs held by early career doctorates working at academic institutions and FFRDCs and covers all doctorate degree fields regardless of degree origin.