Spain will have the largest investment in Science in its history thanks to European funds

The budget line for Ministry of Science and Innovation It will grow by 18.9% in 2022, mainly driven by funds from the European Union, which increased by 48.4%. In total, the department that directs Diana Morant will handle 3,843 million euros, according to the General State Budgets presented this Wednesday.

Of this amount, 2,181 come from the State’s own resources, which represents an increase of 49 million (2.3%) compared to the figure for 2021. Added to them is a total of 1,662 from community recovery funds.

The ministry has been seeing its economic resources significantly increase for two years, mainly due to the extraordinary European contribution, framed in the fight against the pandemic.

Thus, the 2021 budget established a total of 3,232 million for Science and Innovation, 60% more than the previous year (which extended the 2018 budgets). However, the amount, discounting the 1,100 million of the European contribution, grew by 5.1%.

Thanks to this European injection, the main public investigation bodies increase their endowment. The Carlos III Health Institute, which includes the national cancer research centers (CNIO), Cardiovascular (CNIC) or the recently created one on Neurological Diseases (CIEN), puts its budget at 559 million euros, 38.7% more than the previous year.

As a result of the 2008-2010 crisis, the budget of the institution directed by Cristóbal Belda had been reduced to less than 300 million until last year, when it took a leap driven by the need for health research to face the pandemic of Covid-19. Thus, it was endowed with 403 million, the largest in its history until the one presented this year.

On the other hand, the State Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the largest public scientific institution, has allocated 1,122 million euros, 23.6% more than in 2021. The draft budget indicates that 182 of those million are “a consequence of the integration as national centers of the suppressed organizations National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology, the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography “.

This integration was already provided for by Royal Decree 202/2021, approved on March 30, while maintaining its name and activities.

Replacement fee

In the presentation of the 2022 budgets it has also been indicated that the replacement rate for public workers in the field of science will be 120%. In other words, for every five researchers who retire, six new people will join.

In addition, the State Research Agency (created in 2015 and which serves as a financing instrument with public funds for R & D & I activities) will see its endowment boosted by 9.3%, at 532 million, reaching 1,358 for the year. next year. Of these, 588 are associated with the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.

In general, the strategy of Research, Development, Innovation and Digitization It has planned 12,360 million euros, 7.6% more than in 2021 or, what is the same, an increase of 876 million compared to this year’s budget. The main increase in the contribution will be from the European Union, whose funds gather 5,419 million.

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