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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Business Expenditure On Research And Development


Business Expenditure on Research and Development (R&D) 2011-20181
Current Expenditure 1,606,9111,874,6632,075,9552,492,1732,541,566
Capital Expenditure 150,314147,200157,102278,041236,182
Total Expenditure 1,757,2252,021,8632,233,0572,770,2142,777,748
         of which     
            Irish Spend 536,868703,121809,662858,849967,088
            Foreign Spend 1,220,3571,318,7421,423,3951,911,3651,810,659
1Expenditure for 2018 is estimated

R&D spend by enterprises increased by 24% from 2015 to 2017

Figure 1: Total R&D expenditure 2011-2018
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Results from the 2017-2018 Business Expenditure on Research and Development survey show that almost €2.8bn was spent on research and development (R&D) activities by enterprises in Ireland in 2017. This represents an increase of 24% compared with actual expenditure in 2015 and is the largest biennial increase in the last 10 years. Current expenditure, which comprises labour costs and other current costs, accounted for 90% of all expenditure in 2017, with capital expenditure accounting for the remaining 10% or €278m of total expenditure.

Irish owned enterprises reported an increase in R&D spend of 6% or €49m, up from €810m in 2015 to €859m in 2017.

Enterprises were also asked for their estimated R&D expenditure in 2018. These estimates indicate that R&D expenditure increased to €2.78bn in 2018, with the split between current and capital expenditure similar to data reported for 2017. See Headline Table and Figure 1.