Policy Background

The Research and Innovation Strategy of Slovenia (RISS) defines the R&D priorities for the decade 2011–2020. These priorities were established based on the National Research and Development programme 2006–2010 and stakeholder consultations. These priorities are also followed by the Slovenian Research Agency in issuing calls for fundamental and applied research projects. These priorities are:

  • Information and communication technologies
  • New synthetic metal and non-metal materials and nanotechnologies
  • Complex systems and innovative technologies
  • Technologies for sustainable economy
  • Health and life science.

Another key document is Slovenia’s Development Strategy 2030 which highlights the importance of a competitive business and research sector as part of a wider development plan across the next decade. It lays out several steps to achieve this objective which includes promoting the development of science and research in priority areas and to promote the social and environmental responsibility of businesses and research organisations.
 
Transport research in Slovenia is based on the National Research policy and transport research policy and planning documents.

Institutional framework of transport research

The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESS) is responsible for preparing the national research and development programme. The Ministry is also responsible for defining the research policy, national priorities and for supporting bilateral and multilateral cooperation and targeted research programmes. Technology development and innovation activities are organised by the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology (MEDT).

The Council for Science and Technology serves as an expert advisory body to the Government by monitoring and evaluating the national research programme and advising on laws, regulations and administrative provisions in the field of research.

All information about Slovenian R&D is available on the Slovenia Current Research Information System (SICRIS). This is a national register which incorporates information on R&D institutions, researchers, projects and research results.

The responsibility of designing and implementing transport policy is held by the Ministry of Infrastructure with close cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning.

 

There are three key instruments for public funding in Slovenia:

  • Research Programmes
  • Infrastructure Programmes
  • Founding Obligations - This funding stream covers indirect research and infrastructure costs incurred by public research institutes.

The principal body responsible for funding transport research (and all other research) is the Slovenian Research Agency. This independent public funding organisation implements tasks related to the National Research and Development Programme and the creation of a European Research Area. The agency is also responsible for awarding grants for national programmes and projects and for promoting research and science in Slovenia. 

Additional financing is provided through EU funding and international programmes, as well as private funding. Transport research can be financed by any of these streams, as well as targeted research programmes.

Funding Sources and Support Initiatives

National transport programmes include:

International research and development cooperation programmes and partnerships of the European Union relevant to Slovenia are:

  • European Research Council (ERC) Complementary Stream: Provides an opportunity for funding to applicants from Slovenian research programmes who were not selected for ERC funding but were positively evaluated
  • EEA and Norway Grants: In 2018 Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway signed new cooperation agreements with Slovenia on several new programmes
  • European Research Area cooperation Networks (ERA-Nets)
  • Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI)
  • European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)