Published: 23 February 2017

Government R&D funding decreases further in the budget for 2017

Appropriations for research and development decrease in the budget for 2017 by around EUR 48 million from the year before. In total, government R&D funding will be approximately EUR 1,797.5 million in the budget for 2017. The share of public research funding in gross domestic product is estimated to fall to 0.82 per cent.

Government R&D funding according to social policy objective category in 2016 to 2017

Government R&D funding according to social policy objective category in 2016 to 2017

According to the social policy objective, the majority of R&D funding is directed to universities’ research funding and general advancement of science, which mainly consists of funding by the Academy of Finland. Around EUR 70 million less R&D funding is allocated to industrial production than one year earlier. In contrast, more than before is invested in research funding in health care, as research and development funding directed to health care research grows by around EUR 60 million from the budgetary appropriations of the previous year. .

The R&D funding under the Ministry of Education and Culture is EUR 1,123.3 million in the budget for 2017, which grew by around EUR 11 million from the appropriations in the year before. The R&D funding under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment falls to EUR 429.1 million in the budget for 2017. The funding of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment decreases by around EUR 60 million mainly due to the decrease in research funding by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation. The R&D funding under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, in turn, grows by EUR 5.5 million from the year before to a total of EUR 75.4 million.

Government budget appropriations or outlays for R&D (GBAORD) in 2017

  R&D funding € million Share of R&D funding, % Change from 2016, € million Real change from 2016, %
R&D funding total 1 797,5 100,0 -47,9 -2,5
Main administrative branches (ministries)
Ministry of Education and Culture 1 123,3 62,5 11,0 1,1
Ministry of Employment and the Economy 429,1 23,9 -59,7 -12,1
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry 70,0 3,9 -2,3 -3,2
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 75,4 4,2 5,5 8,0
Funding organisations
Universities 587,1 32,7 1,6 0,4
Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation 322,2 17,9 -58,9 -15,4
Academy of Finland 449,5 25,0 10,5 2,5
Government research institutes 195,2 10,9 -1,9 -0,9
Other R&D funding 228,5 12,7 0,8 0,4
University central hospitals 15,0 0,8 0,0 0,1

Source: Government R&D funding in the state budget 2017, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Heidi Pirkola 029 551 3246, Ari Leppälahti 029 551 3237, tiede.teknologia@stat.fi

Director in charge: Mari Ylä-Jarkko

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Updated 23.2.2017

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Government R&D funding in the state budget [e-publication].
ISSN=2489-3250. 2017. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 20.5.2018].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/tkker/2017/tkker_2017_2017-02-23_tie_001_en.html

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