R&D Statistics Slowenia

In 2011, EUR 894.2 million was spent in Slovenia on R&D in all sectors, which represented 2.47% GDP. Most of the funds for R&D were provided by the business enterprise sector (EUR 660.5 million or 73.9% of total expenditure), followed by the government sector (EUR 127.8 million or 14.3% of total expenditure), the higher education sector (EUR 105.4 million or 11.8% of total expenditure). The share of R&D expenditure in the private non-profit sector was negligible[1].


The highest share of funds was contributed by companies

The structure of sources of financing R&D remained the same as in the previous year. The highest share among total gross domestic expenditure (GERD) was contributed by companies, EUR 547.5 million, which represented 61.2% of total sources of funding R&D. The next important share of gross domestic expenditure on R&D was that of the government with EUR 281.8 million, which represented 31.5% of total sources in the GERD. In recent years an increasingly important source of funding R&D in Slovenia has been funds from abroad. In 2011 they amounted to EUR 62.8 million, which is 7% of total sources of funding R&D.1

Among all persons employed in R&D 58% were researchers

Among 21,548 persons employed for indefinite or definite period in R&D, 58% were researchers. Among all employees 36% (7,862) were women, while among researcher 36% (12,514) were women. The share of women among all employees and all researchers remained the same as in the previous year.

The inter-sectoral comparison shows that the structure of employees remained the same as in the previous year. The share of researchers among total R&D personnel was the highest in the higher education sector (79%), followed by the government sector (71%) and the business enterprise sector (44%). In the private non-profit sector all people working in R&D were researchers.

If persons (employed for indefinite or definite period and external collaborators) involved in R&D are expressed in full time equivalent3) (FTE), 15,269 persons were involved in R&D, of whom 8,774 were researchers. 1


In order to achieve the objectives that are registered in the Lisbon Declaration, Slovenia attempted through various tenders to motivate R&D sphere. EU funds in Slovenia in the past were disappointing. Through European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) the trend is slowly improving. For best results, it is necessary to activate industry as well as academic institutions. Over the years, both parties strengthen cooperation, which is reflected in the final results in the transfer of knowledge and further to the end products. Products have become competitive in the world and more recognizable.


In sector C22 Rubber and plastic production there was decrease of process innovation from the period 2006-2008 to 2008-2010. In total there were 59 product innovations in the last period (2008-2010) and 52 process innovations, which represents majority of the total of C19, C20, C21 and C22 sectors. Plastic sector is in Slovenia well developed and is contributing to R&D in great extension.

[1] http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=5120



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