Policy Background

Transport research in Slovenia is based on the National Research policy and transport research policy and planning documents.

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.

Institutional framework of transport research

The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology 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.

The Science & Technology Council is an expert advisory body to the Government. 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.

The Slovenian Research Agency is also the principle body responsible for transport research in coordination with government ministries, particularly the Ministry for Infrastructure and Spatial Planning, and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.

Organisations responsible for the institutional framework and funding:

Funding Sources and Support Initiatives

The following thematic programme funds research on transport related topics.