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Information for Respondents

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The Business Research and Development Survey (BRDS) is conducted jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The survey is divided into seven sections. Each section asks questions about different aspects of Research and Development (R&D) at your company. Due to the specialized nature of each section, it may be necessary to collaborate with colleagues in different departments to answer the questions.

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Ready to Report or Need Assistance?

To report online:

  1. Sign-in or Register at
  2. Add your authentication code
  3. Report by clicking on “REPORT NOW.”  You can return to your account over multiple sessions to complete.
  4. For assistance completing this survey, please log-in to your Census Bureau account or call the customer help line at 1-800-772-7851, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.
  5. Please visit How Do I Get Started? for additional information.


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Excel Workbooks

The following 2018 Excel files are designed to help companies with decentralized record keeping systems collect information related to specific sections of the Business Research and Development Survey.

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Excel Consolidator

This spreadsheet uses a visual basic macro to consolidate data from multiple workbooks. It is designed to be used by companies that have more than one completed section workbook for any survey section. In order for the consolidator to work properly, you must allow macros to run when opening this file. Further instructions are listed in the "FileInput" sheet of this file.

NOTE: This consolidator does not check for errors or illogical values. We suggest you check the resulting consolidated figures carefully to verify that the results are correct.



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Title 13, United States Code, Sections 8(b), 131, and 182, and Title 42, United States Code, Sections 1861-76 (National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended) authorize this collection. Title 13, United States Code, Sections 224 and 225 require your response.

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Title 13, United States Code, Section 9, requires the Census Bureau to keep your information CONFIDENTIAL and can use your responses only to produce statistics.  The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify your business, organization, or institution.  Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data.

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Survey Legitimacy

Below are a few common items you can use to verify the legitimacy of this survey:

  1. Ensure the Web address provided in the letter is a "" domain.
  2. Reporting information is provided in the letter.
  3. On the log-in screen, a warning message should be present stating the respondent is accessing a U.S. Government computer.
  4. Additionally, the upper right corner of the page should display the OMB eight-digit number and expiration date. This number indicates that the OMB has approved the survey and has confirmed there is a need to collect the information.
  5. The bottom of the log-in screen should have a link for the “Burden Statement” which also contains the OMB eight-digit number.

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