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Government R&D funding in the state budget

Producer: Statistics Finland
Homepage: http://
Main topic: Science, Technology and Information Society
Related topics: Government Finance
Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): Yes


The statistics describe the funding allocated in the state budget to research and development. Examined are also changes occurring in R&D funding between different years. The OECD and EU recommendations are observed in the compilation of the statistics. The Statistics Act (280/2004) is applied in the production of the statistics on science and technology (incl. research and development). In addition, Commission Regulation (EC) No 753/2004 requires collection of data and steers the compilation of the statistics. The data are collected jointly by a network of experts from different administrative sectors.

Data content

Data on central government's R&D funding by administrative sector (ministry) and according to the social policy objective of the awarding organisation and research.

Classifications used

The statistics make use the classification of socio-economic objectives.

Data collection methods and data sources

The data are collected from national budget proposals and as questionnaire inquiries directly from the ministries and organisations funding R&D.

Data collections

Updating frequency

Annually since 2003.

Time of completion or release

Data are released about two months from the beginning of the statistical reference year. Exact release dates are reported in the Release Calender at

Time series

From 1995 onwards. Changes in the definitions and calculation methods affect the comparability of the time series.


central government finance, expenditure, government finance, information society, institutions of higher education, product development, public expenditure, research activities, research expenditure, research institutes, universities

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Last updated 02.08.2017