In 2016, EUR 809.2 million was spent in Slovenia on R&D in all sectors, which is 2.0% of GDP and less than in the previous year.
Less spent on R&D than in the previous year
According to provisional data, gross domestic expenditure on R&D (GERD) decreased in nominal terms. In 2016, EUR 809.2 million or 2.0% of GDP1 was spent in Slovenia on R&D in all sectors. Compared with the previous year, when EUR 853.1 million was spent, GERD was nominally lower by EUR 43.9 million (i.e. 5%) or if GERD is expressed as a share of GDP the share is 0.2 of a percentage point lower.
In absolute terms, most of the decrease was on account of the business enterprise sector, which spends most of the funds for R&D. Compared to the previous year, funds for R&D decreased in nominal terms by EUR 38.7 million or 6%. In relative terms, however, the assets decreased the most in the private non-profit sector (i.e. by 40%), but this sector, expressed in absolute terms, is negligible in GERD (i.e. EUR 0.2 million).
Among all persons employed in R&D 56% were researchers
Among 19,975 persons employed for indefinite or definite period in R&D, 11,261 (i.e. 56%) were researchers. If persons (employed for indefinite or definite period and external personnel) involved in R&D are expressed in full time equivalent (FTE), with which we try to avoid underestimating or overestimating the data on persons engaged in R&D, 14,357 persons were involved in R&D, of whom 8,102 (56%) were researchers.
1) Gross domestic expenditure on R&D as a percentage of GDP is calculated on the basis of the latest available values of GDP.
Table 1: Gross domestic expenditure on R&D, Slovenia, 2016
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1) Some totals do not add up due to rounding.
Table 2: R&D personnel, Slovenia, 2016
1) Data expressed in HC include persons employed for indefinite or definite period.
2) Data expressed in FTE include persons employed for indefinite or definite period and also external personnel.