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Published: 24 February 2022

R&D funding grows in the 2022 budget

According to Statistics Finland, appropriations for research and development in the state budget increase by EUR 271.8 million relative to the budget for 2021. In the state budget 2022, the total appropriations for research and development activities amount to EUR 2,488.5 million. The share of public research funding in gross domestic product is estimated to be 0.95 per cent.

Government R&D funding by organisation in 2017 to 2022

Government R&D funding by organisation in 2017 to 2022

Business Finland's research and development funding is EUR 741.1 million in the 2022 budget, which includes funding from the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) amounting to EUR 234 million. The transfers of outlays caused by disruption funding have been removed from the R&D funding of Business Finland in 2021, so Business Finland's R&D funding grows by around EUR 200 million in the 2022 budget from the previous year. The R&D funding of the Academy of Finland is EUR 476.9 million in the 2022 budget, growing by around EUR 28 million from the year before. Universities’ R&D funding falls somewhat in the 2022 budget and amounts to EUR 721.9 million. R&D funding for universities of applied sciences, in turn, grows and totals EUR 90.3 million in the 2022 budget. R&D funding of central government research institutes grows by EUR 4.3 million in the 2022 budget and funding of university hospitals remains on the same level, at around EUR 20 million.

Among administrative sectors, research and development activities are financed most by 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 2022 is EUR 1,354.5 million. The increase from the appropriations in the budget one year before is EUR 55.6 million. Appropriations for R&D funding under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment grow by EUR 206.7 million in the 2022 budget and total EUR 883.0 million.

Government budget allocations for R&D (GBARD) in 2022

R&D funding € million Share of R&D funding, % Change from 2021, € million
R&D funding total 2 488,5 100 271,8
Main administrative sector
Ministry of Education and Culture 1 354,5 54 55,6
Ministry of Employment and the Economy 883,0 35 206,7
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry 72,0 3 2,5
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 70,2 3 2,4
Funding organisations
Universities 721,9 29 -2,2
Universities of applied sciences 90,3 4 9,6
Business Finland 741,1 30 200,7
Academy of Finland 476,9 19 27,9
Government research institutes 215,6 9 4,3
Other R&D funding 222,9 9 32,5
University hospitals 20,0 1 -1,0

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

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Updated 24.2.2022

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Government R&D funding in the state budget [e-publication].
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