Government budget appropriations or outlays on R&D, final budget 2022 and initial budget 2023

Government budget allocations for R&D up year after year, last year the highest ever

Slovenia’s government budget allocations for research and development (R&D) in 2022 amounted to EUR 306.8 million

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Government budget allocations for R&D again higher

According to the final budget for 2022, government budget allocations for R&D (GBARD) in Slovenia amounted to EUR 306.8 million, which is EUR 42.5 million or 16.1% more than in the previous year. GBARD in Slovenia have been increasing from year to year and for the first time exceeded EUR 300 million. The share of GBARD in gross domestic product (GDP)1 also increased; in 2021 it was 0.51%, and in 2022 0.54%. Compared to 2021, government budget allocations for R&D per capita also increased, amounting to EUR 145.6 (EUR 125.3 in 2021).

Government R&D policy priorities unchanged

The priority goals of government R&D policy remained the same as in previous years. The largest share, 41.2%, of GBARD in 2022 was allocated to general advancement of knowledge. Health (14.3%), industrial production and technology (11.4%), agriculture (7.0%), and environment (6.2%) also ranked in the top five objectives. The same structure applies also for planned budget allocations for R&D for 2023.

More funds for all fields of research and development

Compared to the previous year, R&D budget funding in 2022 strengthened in all fields of research and development. Most of the GBARD was given to the fields of engineering and technology (almost EUR 89 million) and natural sciences (EUR 97.6 million), i.e. together 60.8% of total R&D budget funding in 2022. The least, EUR 23 million, was given to agricultural sciences.

Most of the GBARD spent in the government and higher education sectors

The majority of the GBARD (93.6%) was spent in the government and higher education sectors with 50.9% and 42.7%, respectively. The remaining was spent for R&D in the business enterprise sector (4.7%), abroad (1.0%) and the private non-profit sector (0.7%).

Provisional budget for 2023 indicates up by 30% year-on-year

According to the provisional budget for 2023, the R&D budget funding is expected to increase and slightly exceed EUR 400 million. Initial government budget allocations anticipated for implementation of R&D in 2023 amount to EUR 400.3 million. This is EUR 93.5 million or 30.5% more than actually spent on R&D in 2022. The priority objectives of government R&D policy in 2023 are likely to remain similar to those of 2022.

Tables with the latest data are available in the SiStat Database.
Government budget allocations for R&D (final budget), Slovenia
Government budget allocations for R&D (final budget), Slovenia
Government budget allocations for R&D by socio-economic objective, Slovenia
Final budget 2022Provisional budget 2023
1,000 EUR
Total306,8261) 400,349
Exploration and exploitation of the earth8,60311,271
Exploration and exploitation of space1,6782,217
Transport, telecommunication and other infrastructures7,5859,888
Industrial production and technology34,95742,483
Culture, recreation, religion and mass media7,4169,918
Political and social systems, structures and processes12,07115,871
General advancement of knowledge126,549158,580
1) The total does not add up due to rounding.

1 Share of GBARD in GDP is calculated based on the latest available revision of GDP.


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