Malaysian Research and Development
Classification System

The Malaysian Research and Development Classification System (MRDCS) is a set of classifications designed for use in the measurement and analysis of research and development (R&D) activities in Malaysia.

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Overview

PURPOSE OF THE MRDCS

The Malaysian Research and Development Classification System (MRDCS) was first introduced in the 1992 National Survey of Research and Development. It was designed for classifying and describing research activities in Malaysia to the highest detail and accuracy.

 

Field of Research

Field of Research or FOR classification allows R&D activity to be categorised according to the field of research undertaken. In this respect, it is the nature of the R&D itself, which is being examined rather than the activity of the performing unit or the purpose of the R&D. FOR consists of a set of discrete categories, which identify such research field.

Socio-Economic Objective

The Socio Economic Objective or SEO classification allows R&D data to be classified according to the researcher's perceived purpose (i.e. who benefits from the research). The purpose categories take account of processes, products, health, education and other social and environmental aspects of particular interest.