General Budgets 2023: Investment in science will increase by 22.8% in 2023

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  • Funds for research, development and innovation total 16,328 million euros, 22.8% more than last year

General Budgets 2023: Investment in science will increase by 22.8% in 2023

The 2023 draft General Budgets confirm the promised increase in investment in science. According to the yellow book presented this Thursday by the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, the item for research, development, innovation and digitization is increased by 22.8 % to reach 16,328 million euros.

The Government undertakes to allocate 3,029 million to programs for the promotion and coordination of scientific research, which represents some 172 million more than last year. The R+D+i projects will add up to a total of 450 million, the program to promote the transfer of knowledge from laboratories to companies will have 200 million and the promotion plan for the aerospace sector will have 200 million. with 300 million more.

The Ministry of Science and Innovation, for its part, will a budget of 7,700 million euros in 2023. Among the priorities of the Ministry with these funds is the purchase of scientific equipment for Spanish research centers, which have spent years denouncing the burden of obsolete equipment, and the aid for R&D&i projects of national companies . Another of the big bets will be “the financing of the European space program and of specific aerospace projects“. 

“Shield” funding

The figures reflected in these budgets corroborate one of the great promises of the new Science Law. With the approval of this reform, the minister Diana Morant undertook to to “shield” the financing of the sector, after more than a decade of crisis and cuts, and gradually increase investment in science. The objective is to reach 1.25% of GDP in public science in 2030. And reach up to 3% of GDP including the private sector. “Spanish science needs a shock plan after a decade of obsolescence. the minister in an interview with EL PERIÓDICO.

This “commitment to science” has also been shared by the President of the Government, Pedro Sá; nchez, during the presentation of the 'Santiago Ramón y Cajal Year of Research', held last week in Madrid. During this meeting, Sánchez highlighted “the guarantee of a growing and stable public financing in R+D+I”, the commitment to “reduce precariousness” among Spanish scientists and, above all, everything, to draw up a plan to reverse the brain drain.

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