December 22, 2009
With today’s approval of the General State Budget, the Ministry of Science and Innovation has experienced a significant increase in its budget which now totals 5,443.78 million euros, which means 3.09% more than in 2009.
Before the parliamentary process the budgets of the Ministry of Science and Innovation were already increasing by 0.2%; the more than 150 million euros in subsidies, obtained after the budget passed through Congress and the Senate raise the initial provision to 3%. This marked budget increase reinforces a contribution which the Ministry already received and which guaranteed the financing of all the investigation projects underway and also all those contracts and awards which already existed in the system, in addition to the awards procedures for new projects and contracts.
Once definitively approved, the budget will increase the contributions of the Ministry to several public research organisations, technological centres and scientific parks, but it will also increase the amounts for the main awards procedures in the National Plan for which a contribution similar to that of 2009 was anticipated. It will specifically increase the budget items for new grants and new contracts. It is estimated that the number of investigators contracted or awarded grants through Ministry subsidies will increase by 13% during 2010.
To these budget increases after the parliamentary process, the items in R+D+i established in the Sustainable Economy Fund should be added, in addition to those anticipated from the State Fund for Employment and Local Sustainability (the former will receive 20,000 million euros and the second 5,000). With this it is expected that the expense for R+D+i could increase to between 8% and 10% with respect to 2009.
Credits in financial assets of the Ministry maintain their initial increase of 13.3% with respect to 2009; an increase which is both necessary and relevant given the important influence which these credits have on private investment and which also respond to the need to finance active policies of innovation with the appropriate instruments. The access to credits for undertaking R+D+i business activities is a practice which is widespread in all western economies.
The budgets approved for this year respond to the major investment effort in R+D+i made by the government by the government since 2004 – which has allowed Spain to place itself above the European average in terms of public investment in R+D and which now possesses a solid scientific system unrivalled in its history, one which has transformed Spain into the ninth scientific nation in the world.
It has been a Socialist Government which since 2004, has made possible the definitive leap forward in Spanish science and technology and its international recognition, transforming Spain into the ninth scientific nation in the world in a little more than two decades.
Since 2004 the Spanish Government has significantly increased those public resources destined for civil R+D+i, which have almost tripled in the last 5 years. The R+D+i has been, is and will be a priority for the government as it is a basic support for the new productive model which the latter seeks to promote.