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Surveys
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.

Research and Development Funding and Expenditures

Annual Business Survey (ABS)

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.

Business Enterprise Research and Development (BERD) Survey

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.

Business R&D and Innovation Survey - Microbusiness (BRDI-M) (Discontinued)

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.

FFRDC Research and Development Survey (FFRDC R&D)

The FFRDC R&D Survey is the primary source of information on separately accounted for R&D expenditures at federally funded research and development centers in the United States.

Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey

The HERD Survey is the primary source of information on R&D expenditures at U.S. colleges and universities that expended at least $150,000 in separately accounted for R&D in the fiscal year.

Nonprofit Research Activities (NPRA) Survey

The NPRA Survey collects information on research and experimental development performed by 501(c) nonprofit organizations in the United States.

Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development

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.

Survey of Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions (Federal S&E Support Survey)

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.

Survey of State Government Research and Development

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.

Science and Engineering Research Facilities

Survey of Science and Engineering Research Facilities

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.

Science and Engineering Education

Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED)

The SED is an annual census of research doctorate recipients from U.S. academic institutions that collects information on educational history, demographic characteristics, and postgraduation plans.

Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering (GSS)

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.

Science and Engineering Workforce

Early Career Doctorates Survey (ECDS)

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.

National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG)

The NSCG is a biennial survey that provides data on the characteristics of the nation's college graduates, with a focus on those in the science and engineering workforce.

National Survey of Recent College Graduates (NSRCG) (Discontinued)

The NSRCG collected educational, demographic and career information about scientists and engineers with recent bachelor's or master's degrees in the United States.

National Training, Education, and Workforce Survey (NTEWS)

The NTEWS provides data on the educational and training characteristics of the nation's workforce ages 16 through 75, with a focus on those in the skilled technical workforce.

Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR)

The SDR provides data on the characteristics of science, engineering, and health research doctorate degree holders from U.S. academic institutions who are under the age of 76.

Survey of Postdocs at Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC Postdoc Survey)

The FFRDC Postdoc Survey collects aggregate information on the demographic characteristics and fields of research of postdoctoral researchers employed at a FFRDC as of 1 October of the survey year.