Ninety-two companies were surveyed by the Industrial Research Institute about their R&D investment plans for 2010 and their actual experience in 2009. Their responses suggest modest reductions in 2010, but growth in the segment of R&D focused on new business projects. Continuing a trend since 2003, increased participation is also anticipated in acquisition of technology from external sources via alliances and joint ventures, contracts with Federal laboratories, and mergers and acquisitions. This trend is accompanied by planned reductions in internal basic research, and reduced hiring of new graduates for R&D positions.
Volume 53, Issue 1, January-February 2010