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Date Last Updated: 23-03-2021

Survey Name:

Innovation in Irish Enterprises

Survey purpose:

The Innovation in Irish Enterprises survey (previously known as Community Innovation Survey (CIS)) of enterprises measures the level of innovation activity among enterprises in Ireland. The survey covers industry and selected services sector enterprises with 10 or more persons engaged.

Legislative Basis National:

Statistics (Community Innovation Survey) Order 2021 (S.I. No. 85 of 2021)

Legislative Basis European:

Commission Regulation (EC) No. 995/2012



Statistical Population:

All enterprises in NACE Rev 2 Sectors 05-39, 46, 49-53, 58- 63, 64-66, 71-73 with 10+ persons engaged

Sampling Frame:

CSO Business Register

Reference Area:

State, Region

Time Coverage:

2004 - 2018

Base Period:

Sector Coverage:

NACE 05 - 09, 10 - 33, 35, 36 - 39, 46, 49 - 53, 58- 66, 71-73

Survey Size:

4,450 approx

Principal Variables:

Product Innovation, Turnover from New to Market and New to Firm product innovations, Process Innovation, Ongoing and Abandoned Innovation, Innovation expenditure, Innovation co-operation, Innovation competitiveness, Organisational Innovation, Marketing Innovation, Employee educational qualifications, Factors hampering innovation activities, Intellectual property rights, Turnover & employment.

Principal External Users:

Eurostat, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Business Statistics

Contact Person:

Barry Kelleher

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Kathryn Twomey, Deirdre O'Connor, Miriam O'Reilly

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000