science 9.11.2016 8:00

Slovenia's R&D expenditure drops second year in a row

Ljubljana, 9 November - Slovenia allocated EUR 853.1m or 2.21% of GDP to research and development (R&D) in 2015, the second annual drop after years of growth, shows the Statistics Office's preliminary data. The 4% nominal year-on-year decrease represents a 0.17 percentage point drop as a share of GDP.

Broken down by sectors, R&D expenditure grew only in the government sector (by 6%), while the funding was nominally lower in higher education, the private non-profit sector and the corporate sector.

The corporate sector accounted for 76% of total R&D funds, with spending down nominally by 6%. In higher education, it decreased by 7%.

Among the 20,633 individuals employed in R&D, 55% were researchers.

The share of female employees in R&D was at 35% and the share of female researchers at 36%.