Several policy instruments can be used to increase research and product development (R&D). This brief focuses on companies’ views on the impact of these instruments based on a company survey. According to companies, the most influential instruments for increasing R&D of companies would be R&D tax incentives, increasing R&D grants and improving the availability of skilled labor. Corporate taxation was more important for domestic than for foreign companies. Instead, the costs of R&D employees were more important for foreign companies. When interpreting the results, it should take into account that they are based on companies’ subjective views.