In the 2008 Government budget, appropriations for research and experimental development (R&D) directed towards higher education units and R&D funding authorities are estimated to increase by SEK 1.7 billion compared to the forecast from 2007.
The total increase amounts to SEK 890 million, mostly due to lower estimates for defence authorities compared to 2007. The total appropriations for R&D amounts to SEK 25 594 million.
If the 2008 appropriations are compared to 2007 using the price 2008 level, the increase amounts to SEK 303 million. The share of R&D in the budget is 3.3 percent, which also is an increase compared to 2007. For the past few years the share has been about 3.2 percent, but in 2008 it increases to 3.3 percent; this is the highest share since the budgetary year 1993/94.