What is R&d: Definition and 27 Discussions

Research and development (R&D, R+D), known in Europe as research and technological development (RTD), is the set of innovative activities undertaken by corporations or governments in developing new services or products and improving existing ones. Research and development constitutes the first stage of development of a potential new service or the production process.
R&D activities differ from institution to institution, with two primary models of an R&D department either staffed by engineers and tasked with directly developing new products, or staffed with industrial scientists and tasked with applied research in scientific or technological fields, which may facilitate future product development. R&D differs from the vast majority of corporate activities in that it is not intended to yield immediate profit, and generally carries greater risk and an uncertain return on investment. However R&D is crucial for acquiring larger shares of the market through the marketisation of new products.

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    Physics My goal of a Physics R&D Career with only a Bachelor's degree

    I graduated in 2016 with my Physics BS and Electronics Engineering BS. Ever since I started the physics major I knew I wanted to go into a research and development job like at a lab. Not really interested in being a teacher except maybe college since professors have opportunities for doing their...
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    Other R&D internship at Patagonia advice

    Hi all! Previously I wrote about the SULI internship. I was wondering if anyone had any insight about the R&D internship at Patagonia. Currently filling out my application and I think my essays are pretty good, and pretty unique. Thanks again!
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    Chemical Waste Testing: Solutions & Parameters

    Hi Recently my company has wanted to conduct waste testing to determine the composition of the wastes in concentration or wt%. This testing will help us to determine whether there are any excess chemicals in the feed of the process, which in turn can also be used to identify the effective...
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    Engineering Road to R&D: Electrical Engineer Qualifications & Academic Career

    I am going to graduate this year with a bachelor in electrical energy engineering, i am very passionate about designing and fixing problems, i would love to work in the R&D department of some multi-national company, but i don't know where to start. What qualifications do they usually ask for...
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    Courses Want to do spacecraft propulsion R&D but love astrophysics

    I've always been fascinated with space and space travel and want to see humanity advance in that area. I've always thought the best way for me to contribute is to work in research and development for propulsion systems (which I'm interested in), however, my main passion in physics is...
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    What are some potential aerospace and defense R&D projects for 7th graders?

    Hello, Me and my friend are both in 7th grade and we want to do aerospace and defense R&D. My friend knows just about everything there is to know about firearms and knows a lot about Tanks as well. I am knowledgeable about physics and aerospace engineering and have been studying them at an...
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    Job Skills Seeking guidance from someone in R&D

    I am currently working on a paper studying the different types of writing done in the research and development field. I was hoping to talk to someone who is currently employed in that field about different aspects of their job. Is there anyone who would be willing to help me with this?
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    Engineering Switching from R&D Engineer to Validation Engineer Concerns

    Hello. I need some advice and I don't know where to turn to. I'm currently an Applied R&D Engineer and my job is almost split between electrical hardware design engineering and embedded software engineering. About 6 months ago, after a lot of thought, I decided to switch jobs. I been working at...
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    Engineering Navigating the Transition from Academic to Industrial R&D

    Greetings, I am a master's student in engineering at Koç University(İstanbul/Turkey) and my bachelor's degree is in Physics from Middle East Technical University(Ankara/Turkey). After I finish my master's I would like to pursue a career in industrial R&D abroad; however, it seems that my...
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    Research Areas for PhD in Physics & Industry R&D

    Which research areas for a PhD in Physics may lead to good positions in the Industry's R&D? Please, excuse my English and thank you for any suggestion.
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    How to prepare for R&D in nuclear power?

    What courses can I pursue after my undergrad education that will enable me to work on next gen nuclear technologies? What kinds of people work in these areas and what career paths do they choose? I've read a lot about the different kinds of people working on Gen 4 reactors(LFTRs, TWRs) and...
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    Engineering The right degree for R&D in Biomedical Engineering

    I graduated last spring with a degree in Applied Physics and minors in biomedical engineering and mathematics. I recently was accepted to the Masters of Engineering in biomedical engineering at Colorado State University but am looking eventually to move into the M.S. program or possibly even a...
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    Engineering How to get into an R&D Engineering job (Medical/Biotech)?

    What can I, as an undergraduate engineering student, do to increase my chances of being able to get into a R&D job? I'm interested in working in the medical devices or biotechnology industry. Besides doing undergraduate research, what else can I do?
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    A question about R&D job in big companies?

    Hi guys, I wonder in the R&D department of companies like Google, IBM, Sony, ... Do they allow their employees to use the internet when working? Some people argue that: because of the confidential requirements, these companies often prohibit internet in their R&D department. However, I...
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    Programs What engineering major for a R&D career related to healthcare

    At first, I thought that a Bioengineering major followed by a Biomedical Engineering Masters or PhD would be the obvious choice. And then I found http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/engineering-majors/1534864-career-prospects-bioengineering-bio-medical-engineering-5-years.html in which an...
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    Engineering R&D or Operations Management as career path for engineer?

    I have gained a place on the graduate rotational leadership programme at a major heavy industrial company which involves me going to different divisions to lead projects. I have been given a choice of either going down the R&D path or the Operations Management path. Being an engineer from a top...
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    How can I calculate the depth of bullet penetration in different materials?

    Hey guys; I am new to the forums. I am an effects artist who's working a Rigid Body Dynamics project and I may be able to use some of you guys' expertise while I'm building these simulations. As I stated above, I'm doing R&D for a deformation system I'm working on. What I want to do is...
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    Programs Weighing Major Options for R&D

    Although I asked a similar question two days ago, I'm still seeking an (biased would be nice) answer. So far Physics major seems like the right choice, Physics is still my passion. But, there are always "buts", I would like a major more applicable in the real world. My major choices are...
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    Want to work in R&D in polymers

    Chemical engineering topics like heat transfer, transport, separations etc. never really appealed to me. But I really like research, and I think R&D is the place for me in industry. In order to work in R&D, I need an advanced degree. But I'm currently trying to decide what's the best way to get...
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    R&D work without PhD-is it possible?

    Hi everybody, I have an engineering degree in Instrumentation&Controls and I worked on engineering positions in my country(Eastern Europe) in oil&gas industry for several years.Those were mainly field(on site) jobs but I'm interested in R&D work.I've had enough of maintenance and fixing,now...
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    Nuclear R&D Careers: Where to Look for Jobs

    I'm currently dong my undergrad in EngPhys (Nuclear) at McMaster. I've been thinking about where I'd like to work after I'm done school. I think that I'd be more interested in R&D, particularly around the nitty-gritty physics and GenIV technology. What companies would be good to look at for...
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    Why Get a PhD: Benefits and Opportunities

    I read a lot of stuff in the threads of this forum,especially related to PhD,prospects after grad school,R&D work and so on,focused on PhD and R&D.Many people here give just general replies-vapidity without any concrete useful information...like bla-bla-bla 'don't get PhD just for career...
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    R&D Job Without PhD: Is it Possible?

    R&D job without PhD? Colleagues, Is it possible to get R&D position without PhD holding?First of all,I'm asking about Physics and Electronics/Electrical Engineering.Who knows any precedents?
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    PhD-is it really needed for tech company start up or getting R&D job?

    Hi everybody, I'm a new-comer on this phorum.I got a lot of interesting info while reading here but there are some questions which I didn't find answers for,so I want to moot them to get your advice,guys. Lemme say about myself a little bit.I'm not a US citizen and living...
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    Industrial R&D vs academic research

    I am aware of the job description for an academic professor: research, lectures, grants etc. but i am curious about the full job description of someone doing R&D in industry, and how the two compare. any insight?
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    R&D Jobs for EE Majors - No PhD Req'd, No Automotive

    I'm starting my final year as an EE major (undergrad) and I've been thinking lately about the kind of job I'm going to be looking for after graduation. The more I think about it, the more I think that R&D is where I would eventually want to end up. Management isn't for me, I could do it if...
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    Exploring the Physics Behind a Full-Wave Bridge Rectifier and Capacitor Filter

    What is your research and development topic? My topic is Electromagnetics & Physics of semiconductor devices/semiconductor Physics.