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Business Expenditure on Research & Development

Survey purpose and legal basis

The Business Expenditure on Research & Development survey collects information on research and development activities of enterprises across all business sectors of the economy. It is a targeted survey that is issued to all enterprises that are believed to be likely performers of research and development

The Business Expenditure on Research & Development survey is a statutory statistical survey conducted biennially under the provisions of the Statistics (Business Expenditure on Research and Development) Order 2020 (S.I. No 3 of 2020) made under the Statistics Act, 1993 and is required for Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 995/2012 of 26 October 2012.

Under Sections 26 and 27 of the 1993 Statistics Act you are obliged by law to complete and return this form. Any person who fails or refuses to provide this information or who knowingly provides false information may be subject to prosecution under Part VI of the Act.

Who uses the results?

Our results are only ever made available to the public in aggregate form and we make sure that it is impossible for individuals or businesses to be identified.  Anonymised survey information may be provided to other government departments, approved organisations and approved researchers for statistical purposes only e.g. Eurostat.

Is your personal data confidential and how long will the data be retained?

Yes. All information supplied to the CSO is treated as strictly confidential. The Statistics Act, 1993 sets stringent confidentiality standards: information collected may be used only for statistical purposes and no details that might be related to an identifiable person or business undertaking may be divulged to any other government department or body. The data you provide in this survey will be held for a maximum period of seven years from the date of issue, subject to survey requirements.

The sources and categories of your personal data, where the data has not been collected directly from you:


For further information on this survey, your Data Protection rights and how your data is used please contact:

Barry Kelleher, Business Statistics Section, Central Statistics Office, Skehard Road, Cork, T12 X00E.

Tel +353 (21) 4535208 or E-mail:

Data Protection Information:

Under the General Data Protection Regulation, you have the following rights:

  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Commission. Contact details: Office of the Data Protection Commission, 21 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2, D02 RD28, Ireland.
  • The right to request access, rectification, erasure, restriction or to object to the processing of your personal data.

However, because your data is processed for statistical purposes these rights may be limited in accordance with Article 89 of the GDPR. This is due to the fact that the exercise of any of these rights may render impossible, or seriously impair, the achievement of the statistical processing and such restriction maybe necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.

Central Statistics Office Data Protection Officer Contact Details: