Canadian Research and Development Classification (CRDC) 2020 Version 1.0

Release date: October 5, 2020


This standard was approved as a recommended standard on May 26, 2020.

CRDC 2020 Version 1.0

The Canadian Research and Development Classification (CRDC) was developed conjointly by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Statistics Canada which is the custodian. This shared standard classification, inspired by the Frascati Model 2015 of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will be used by the federal granting agencies and Statistics Canada to collect and disseminate data related to research and development in Canada. The CRDC first official version is the 2020 version 1.0 and it is composed of 3 main pieces: the type of activity or TOA (with 3 categories), the field of research or FOR (with 1663 fields at the lowest level) and socioeconomic objective or SEO (with 85 main groups at the lowest level).

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