Published: 21 February 2019

Government R&D funding increases in the state budget for 2019

According to Statistics Finland, appropriations for research and development in the budget increase by EUR 107.9 million from the year before. In the state budget 2019, the total appropriations for research and development activities amount to EUR 1,991.1 million. The share of public research funding in gross domestic product is estimated to be 0.83 per cent.

Government R&D funding by objective category in 2018 to 2019

Government R&D funding by objective category in 2018 to 2019

According to social policy objective category, the biggest increase in R&D funding in euros is directed to industrial production and technology, the funding increases by EUR 68.3 million in the state budget for 2019. For the majority of the objective categories, R&D funding either increases or remains on level with the previous year, but R&D funding directed to, e.g. the objective category land use, transport systems and other infrastructure, decreases by EUR 15.2 million from the budget one year ago. The biggest individual objective categories, to which R&D funding is directed, are universities’ research and development and general advancement of science, which mainly consists of the Academy of Finland’s research funding.

Among administrative sectors, research and development activities are financed most in the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. The major provider of funding is the Ministry of Education and Culture, whose R&D funding in the budget for 2019 is EUR 1,206.1 million. The increase from the appropriations in the budget one year before is EUR 41.7 million. The R&D funding of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment also grows, by EUR 72.7 million from the budget one year earlier, a majority of which is an increase in the funding of Business Finland.

Government budget allocations for R&D (GBARD) in 2019

  R&D funding € million Share of R&D funding, % Change from 2018, € million Real change from 2018, %
R&D funding total 1 991,1 100,0 107,9 3,8
Main administrative branches (ministries)
Ministry of Education and Culture 1 206,1 60,6 41,7 1,6
Ministry of Employment and the Economy 563,7 28,3 72,7 12,7
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry 54,8 2,8 1,2 0,4
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 68,3 3,4 -1,6 -4,1
Funding organisations
Universities 630,5 31,7 14,9 0,5
Universities of applied sciences 67,6 3,4 1,3 0,0
Business Finland 451,2 22,7 59,9 13,2
Academy of Finland 470,1 23,6 25,9 3,9
Government research institutes 183,5 9,2 -5,6 -4,8
Other R&D funding 167,3 8,4 5,5 1,5
University central hospitals 21,0 1,1 6,0 37,4

Source: Government R&D funding in the state budget 2019, Statistics Finland

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Government R&D funding in the state budget [e-publication].
ISSN=2489-3250. 2019. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 22.10.2019].
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