Slovenia allocated EUR 1 billion for research and development (R&D) in 2020

Slovenia allocated EUR 1 billion for research and development (R&D) in 2020

According to provisional data, gross domestic expenditure on research and development (GERD) in Slovenia in 2020 reached a record high of EUR 1 billion, which is 2% more than in 2019. Compared with the previous year, a growing trend in gross domestic expenditure on R&D (GERD) is visible, both in absolute terms and as a share of GDP. If GERD is expressed as a share of GDP, in 2020 this share was 2.15% of Slovenia’s GDP1, which is 0.1 of a percentage point more than in the previous year.

“As in the previous years, the largest part of R&D funds in 2020 was spent in the business enterprise sector (EUR 738.6 million or 73% of total funds), followed by the government sector (EUR 138.6 million or 14% of total funds), the higher education sector (EUR 123.2 million or 12% of total funds) and the private non-profit sector (EUR 7.1 million). Compared to the previous year, expenditure on R&D in 2020 slightly increased in all sectors of performance: in absolute terms the most in the business enterprise sector (by EUR 7.3 million) and relatively the most in the private non-profit sector (by 17%),” Slovenian Agency for Statistic said.

As in the previous years, business enterprises provided the biggest financial support for R&D. According to provisional data, they provided EUR 490.8 million, which is 49% of GERD, followed by the government and the rest of the world (both 25%), while higher education and private non-profit organizations together funded one per cent of GERD. The structure of financial resources for R&D in 2020 changed compared to the previous year. Compared to the previous year, the funding for R&D in 2020 decreased by companies (by EUR 118.6 million or 19%) and increased by the rest of the world (by EUR 116.7 million or 89%)2.

According to provisional data, 25,175 persons were engaged in R&D in Slovenia in 2020, which is similar to the previous year. In 2020, a similar number of persons were involved in R&D in all sectors of performance compared to the previous year, except in the private non-profit sector, where their number increased by 19%. The total workload of R&D personnel in 2020 was, regardless of the sector of employment, equivalent to work of 15,802 full-time employed persons (which is 7% less than in 2019) and 10,254 full-time employed researchers (which is 2% less than in 2019).