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Slovenia allocated € 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 of 1 billion euros, which is 2% more than in 2019. Compared to last year, a trend in The increase in gross domestic expenditure on R&D (GERD) is significant, both in absolute terms and as part 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 percentage points more than a year ago.

As in previous years, most of the R&D funding in 2020 was spent on the business enterprise sector (€ 738.6 million or 73% of total funding), followed by the government sector (€ 138.6 million or 14% of total funds). , the higher education sector (euro 123.2 million or 12% of total funds) and the non-profit private sector (euro 7.1 million). Compared to a year ago, R&D expenditures in 2020 increased slightly in all performance sectors: in absolute terms mostly in the business venture sector (by € 7.3 million) and relatively most in the sector non-profit private sector (by 17%), ”said the Slovenian Statistics Agency.

As in previous years, business enterprises have provided the greatest financial support to R&D. According to provisional data, they provided 490.8 million euros, which is 49% of GERD, followed by government and the rest of the world (both 25%), while higher education and private non-profit organizations jointly funded one percent of GERD. . The structure of financial resources for Research and Development in 2020 has changed compared to a year ago. Compared to a year ago, financing for R&D in 2020 has decreased by companies (by 118.6 million euros or 19%) and has increased by the rest of the world (by 116.7 million euros or 89%) 2.

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

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