The Statistical Handbook on Research and Development of Sri Lanka 2020 comprises the findings of the National Research and Development Survey 2020 conducted by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Sri Lanka. This showcases the performance of the R&D sector in the country during the year 2020. The statistical brief encompasses financial and human resources devoted to R&D and also some output indicators of the R&D sector. This statistical brief covers the whole R&D sector of the country namely, State Sector R&D institutes, Higher Education Institutes, Business Enterprises and Private Non-Profit organizations. The National R&D Survey is conducted biennially since 2018. This Survey is conducted according to the standards stipulated by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) and therefore the statistics are internationally comparable. The Frascati manual (2015) of OECD and Guide to Conducting an R&D Survey: For countries starting to measure research and experimental development (2014) of UIS are the two major guidelines followed in the survey. The statistics depicting here can be used by policy makers, planners, researchers, scientists and technologists by having a comprehensive overview of R&D activities of the country. The Statistical Handbook on Research and Development of Sri Lanka 2020 was produced by the Science and Technology Policy Research Division (STPRD) of the NSF. Mrs Dilushi Munasinghe coordinatied the survey while Mrs Chandima Samarasinghe and Mrs Madhumali Wickramasinghe assisted in the survey in many ways. Mrs Chandima Samarasinghe designed the handbook as well. The NSF extends its great appreciation to the Heads and staff members of all responding institutes, the MIS Unit of the University Grants Commissions and the Department of Census and Statistics for their invaluable cooperation extended to complete this survey. Comments and editorial changes given by the external reviewer Dr R.D. Guneratne are highly acknowledged. Finally, we wish to record are our sincere thanks to the Management of the NSF for their directives and encouragement given to complete this survey.
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