RTM - 2017 R&D Trends Forecast

The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) has undertaken an annual survey of R&D expectations among R&D- and innovation-focused companies since 1982. This survey typically asks R&D leaders about their actual activity and budgets in the past year and their expectations and projections for the year ahead.

In 2016, for the second year, IRI combined its traditional R&D Trends survey with the annual Global R&D Funding Forecast, created by the editors of R&D Magazine, allowing for a larger dataset and, hence, a stronger analysis. Data were collected via three separate surveys distributed between June and August 2016. On average, each survey attracted just over 300 respondents; the bulk of participating companies (65–85 percent, depending on the survey) spent less than $50 million a year on R&D in 2016.

The full 2017 Global R&D Funding Forecast report can be found at www.rdmag.com/2017GFFReport. Below, we’ve included the preliminary snapshot of the forecast data and appended IRI’s unique sea-change index analyses, which are not included in any other versions of the report.

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Volume 60, Issue 1, January-February 2017
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