The National Survey for Research Commercialisation (NSRC) is Australia’s only data collection to determine the research performance of the publicly funded research system. The NSRC data-set is extremely useful to those assessing the performance of Australia’s research system.
Since 2000, this survey has been collecting information directly from universities, medical research institutes and major publicly funded research agencies.
In 2014-2015, the NSRC was reviewed with a vision to strengthen and streamline the data collection, and to ensure the survey aligns with current and emerging objectives of research commercialisation in Australia and abroad.
Prior to this review, gathering this information required staff working in commercialisation offices at universities, perhaps without IP Rights experience, to fill in values for these measures. In an effort to remove the burden from researchers and take advantage of corporate knowledge within IP Australia, our Patent Analytics Hub was engaged to extract the IP data of the survey recipients.
The work of the Patent Analytics Hub, in collaboration with the Department of Industry Innovation and Science, has also improved the accuracy of data collection. This will, in turn, improve how funds are allocated.
This is now an annual process with this new data-set as an update to our publication last year of the 2000-2014 longitudinal data set and associated analytics report. This data covers all four IP Rights governed by IP Australia – patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeders rights.