The draft General State Budget (PGE) of 2019 includes 6,729 million euros for research, development and civil innovation (R + D + i), 357 million more than in 2018 and 84 million more than what Government and Podemos agreed in the fall of 2018.
The non-financial budget credits in R + D + i for civil research -the subsidies that feed the vast majority of scientists and research organizations- amount to 2,845 million euros, an increase of 8% compared to 2018, 212 millions more. On the other hand, the credits of the financial budget, destined to the granting of loans and advances, rise to 3.884 million euros, an increase of 3.9% with respect to the previous year.
The document contemplates an increase of 111 million euros from the Fund for Scientific Research and Technological Development, 19% more than in 2018. These funds will serve to increase the amount of the calls of the State Research Agency, especially those aimed at research, development and innovation projects and strategic actions and projects, for which an increase of 85 million euros is contemplated, according to the PGE project. The PGE includes 570 million euros for the Red Cervera, which promotes applied research through the collaboration of technology centers and companies, in addition to 1,240 million euros dedicated to the Center for Industrial Technological Development.
Together, the public research bodies under the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities increase their budget by 5.9%. The largest of them is the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), which would receive 676 million euros, 58 more than in 2018. The Health Institute Carlos III reaches 281 million euros, 3.7% more, while the Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (Ciemat) increased by 16.1% compared to the previous year to 105 million. The Spanish Institute of Oceanography receives 64 million, a 4,% more, the National Institute of Agricultural and Food Research and Technology has allocated 54 million euros and the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain has an allocation of 25 million, which is a 7% increase.