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  • R&D Survey reports
  • Business Innovation Survey reports
  • R&D and Innovation Capabilities in State-Owned Enterprises reports
  • Survey of IP and Technology Transfer report
  • African Innovation Outlook reports
  • National Survey of R&D in Agriculture 2010/11 report

R&D Survey reports

One of CeSTII’s flagship surveys, the annual South African National Survey of Research and Experimental Development is conducted on behalf of the South African Department of Science and Innovation.

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All reports (2001/02 - 2020/21)

Resources for R&D in the Republic of South Africa 1991/2

Business Innovation Survey reports

CeSTII is commissioned by the Department of Science and Innovation to conduct the official South African Business Innovation Survey, as part of the Department's effort to establish a baseline set of STI indicators for monitoring, reporting on, and ‘fine tuning’ the national system of innovation.

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All reports (2001/02 - 2019/20)

*The first survey covering the manufacturing sector and examining the period 1992-1994 was performed by the University of Cape Town. The second survey (1998-2000) covered manufacturing and services, and was performed by the University of Pretoria and Eindhoven University.

R&D and Innovation Capabilities in State-Owned Enterprises

State-owned enterprises (SOEs) are important national assets with a mandate to contribute to sustainable economic growth and South Africa’s broad developmental goals. In March 2019, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), published the White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation. This recognised the importance of SOEs in the South African economy and the need to revitalise them to play a meaningful role in South Africa’s science, technology, innovation and economic development. As key institutions for human capital development and international and national knowledge sharing, the White Paper also aimed to position SOEs as innovation-driven for the knowledge economy. But to what extent and how are South African state-owned enterprises geared to perform R&D and innovation? Based on in-depth case study research with three SOEs—SANEDI, ATNS and SAFCOL—as well as analysis of the academic literature, the Human Sciences Research Council’s Centre for Science Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) identified dimensions key to effective R&D and innovation ‘gearing’ by these SOEs, including: human capabilities; technological capabilities; networks; research infrastructure; and governance. Out of this research, indicators on R&D and innovation are also proposed to guide national policy discussion on the future of SOEs in South Africa.

SA Survey on IP & Tech Transfer

The South African Survey of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at Publically Funded Research Institutions: Inaugural Baseline Survey (2008-2014) was performed by CeSTII in collaboration with the National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO), the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA), and the Department of Science and Innovation.

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African Innovation Outlook

The African Innovation Outlook presents the results of the R&D and innovation surveys and bibliometric studies as well as information on the status of STI policies and/or strategies of each country. 

Agricultural R&D Survey 2010/11 report

Based on research conducted by CeSTII for the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), this report provides a snapshot of agricultural R&D and other science activities during the year spanning 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011 (2010/11).