Statistical standards: A national research and development standard

Release date: October 5, 2020
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Statistical standards: A national research and development standard

The Canadian Research and Development Classification (CRDC) is a set of three interrelated classifications of R&D:

  • By type of activity
  • By field of research
  • By socioeconomic objective

Benefits of the CRDC

  • Provides a common language for discussing research, enabling better evidence-based decision making within the research ecosystem
  • Makes it possible to identify expertise and research areas in a truly multidisciplinary classification
  • Improves the identification of emerging research fields
  • Provides researchers with harmonized and integrated R&D classification
  • Improves reporting on the agencies' combined contributions to R&D in Canada
  • Improves data processing and quality in R&D investments at the national level for Statistics Canada

Collaboration and engagement on a new national standard jointly developed by:

  • The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
  • The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Statistics Canada

Availability

The CRDC will be used by funding agencies and Statistics Canada to collect and disseminate data related to R&D in Canada. It is also available for any organization or individual in Canada who wants to use it, including academia.

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