MERI follows the internationally established definition of R&D and methods for data collection, as detailed in the Frascati Manual (Proposed Standard Practice for Surveys on Research and Experimental Development OECD, 2015).
"Research and experimental development (R&D) comprise creative and systematic work undertaken
in order to increase the stock of knowledge – including knowledge of humankind, culture and
society – and to devise new applications of available knowledge."
To qualify as R&D, the following elements need to be present in the working process: novelty, creativity, uncertainty, being systematic,and being transferable and/or reproducible.
Furthermore, the term 'R&D' covers three types of activity: basic research, applied research and experimental development.
MERI collects longitudinal data concerning research personnel and research expenditure in Belgium, categorised in four different sectors: the business enterprise sector (BES), the government sector (GOV), the higher education sector (HES) and the private non profit sector (PNP).
This overview allows the user to select a group of related R&D indicators. Each link offers the possibility to make additional selections within the chosen domain.