From Statistics Explained
Applied research is an original investigation undertaken in order to acquire new knowledge. It is, however, directed primarily towards a specific practical aim or objective.
The results of applied research are intended primarily to be valid for a single or limited number of products, operations, methods, or systems. Applied research gives operational form to ideas. The knowledge or information derived from is often patented but may be kept secret.
- Statistics on research and development (ESMS metadata file)
- Frascati Manual: Proposed Standard Practice for Surveys on Research and Experimental Development - pdf (Publication, OECD, Paris, 2002)