Rough diamond: Research firms are under pressure to generate own-source revenue

The Scientific Research Services industry includes a range of government and private sector organisations across many scientific research fields, particularly in medical, health and IT. The industry relies heavily on public sector funding, despite the Australian Government increasingly calling for greater self-funding. Industry firms face increasing pressure to generate own-source revenue by raising funds through donations and co-investment with other corporations and governments, and through royalty and licence revenue on intellectual property. Private businesses can also commercialise their research by generating revenue streams after taking developed products to market...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$8bn
Annual Growth 14-19
3.6%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
26,120
Businesses
3,941
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Greater research investment in the health, medical and IT fields has driven revenue growth
  • Programs such as Cooperative Research Centres have encouraged commercially focused research
  • Business expenditure will likely increase and counteract falls in government expenditure on R&D
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Scientific Research Services industry is in the growth phase of its economic life cycle. As research funding is derived from the public sector and private enterprises, industry activity is influenced by government budget priorities and whether private firms can generate sufficient returns over time. Due to these factors, the industry has expanded strongly over the past five years and is projected to continue growing rapidly over the next five years. Industry value-added (the industry's contribution to national GDP) is projected to increase at an annualised 4.2% over the 10 years through 2023-24. This represents an outperformance of the Australian economy's forecast growth of 2.6% over the same period...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Scientific Research Services Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Scientific Research Services are:

  • Having a high prior success rate (including completed prior contracts)
  • Provision of appropriate facilities
  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Private research and development expenditure and Capital expenditure by the private sector in the Scientific Research Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Scientific Research Services Industry?

    Industry organisations undertake research relating to agricultural, biological, physical and social sciences. This research may be undertaken for themselves or for other organisations. Federal, state and territory governments provide a large proportion of funding for scientific research.

    Industry Products
  • Experimental development research
  • Applied research
  • Strategic basic research
  • Pure basic research
  • Industry Activities
  • Aeronautical research services
  • Agricultural research services
  • Biological and biotechnology research services
  • Economic research services
  • Food research services
  • Industrial research services
  • Medical research services
  • Space tracking research station operation and observatory research services
  • Research farm operation
  • Scientific and social science research services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Private research and development expenditure
  • Capital expenditure by the private sector
  • Demand from professional, scientific and technical services
  • Capital expenditure by the government
  • Total health expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • Steady revenue growth
  • Revenue and

    funding sources

  • Research funding trends
  • Research collaboration
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Future revenue growth
  • Government research priorities
  • Research funding trends
  • Table: Scientific Research Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Scientific Research Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturing
  • Defence
  • Health Services
  • Wired Telecommunications Network Operation
  • Wireless Telecommunications Carriers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Central Government Administration
  • Environmental Science Services
  • Measurement and Other Scientific Equipment Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Experimental development research
  • Applied research
  • Strategic basic research
  • Pure basic research
  • Chart: Scientific Research Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Medical and health sector
  • Information technology and engineering industries
  • Agricultural organisations
  • Chemical, energy and manufacturing industries
  • Other sectors
  • Environmental organisations
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Scientific Research Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Scientific Research Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Scientific Research Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation,
  • Table: Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Scientific Research Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Scientific Research Services Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Csiro
  • Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation.
  • Grant
  • Money provided (usually by a government agency) for study in a particular field endorsed by the body providing the money.
  • Nhmrc
  • National Health and Medical Research Council, provides funding for all research relating to human health and medicine.
  • R&D
  • Research and development into innovations and advancements across scientific, technical, medical and other fields.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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