Innovations in Slovenia are growing all the time. This is because of the investments in this field and the increase in the number of researchers in business sector. The basis of the innovation policy in Slovenia is the National Programme for Research and Development. It is governed by the Research and Development Activities Act which in addition to the conditions of implementation also lays down the types of research organisations and various research activities.
The Slovenian Technology Agency (TIA) was founded to perform specialist, developmental and executive functions in the sphere of promoting technological development and innovation, in accordance with the adopted national research and development programme and other national programmes in the sphere of technological development and innovation.
Non-technological innovations are related to the introduction of new business practices and models, new access to marketing, new systems for the management of knowledge and new methods for the organisation of relationships with clients. Project INO-09,managed by the Slovenian Technology Agency and MVZT (Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology) ffound that non-technological innovations may be an important impetus for improving the competitiveness of Slovenian companies in the market.
The Institute for Economic Research (IER) is an autonomous non-governmental research organisation which has developed a wide range of international research and consulting activities. In 2009 the IER, together with the international company AT Kearney, participated in drafting the basis and guidelines for the development of the Slovenian economy in the sphere of non-technological innovations, aimed at supporting the national system of innovations INO-09.
Alongside innovation, access to R&D is essential for businesses to develop and stay competitive.
Intellectual property must be protected to encourage innovation.
The Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) performs professional, developmental and executive tasks relating to the National Research and Development Programme and other programmes and projects, financed from the State budget and other financial sources. The Agency carries out its legally determined duties in the public interest, as well as other work to promote research and development activities.
The Slovenian Innovation Forum organises events to show the best innovative ideas, approaches and products on a national scale, as well as to represent the innovators.
The Institute "Jozef Stefan" (IJS) is the leading Slovenian scientific research institute, covering a broad spectrum of basic and applied research and the development of technologies, in particular nanotechnology, biotechnology, communication-, computer-, environmental- and reactor technologies. The IJS has, as a group leader in this sphere, taken an active part in projects which were introduced to support the national system of innovations INO-09, with the objective of providing for the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge and technologies for the benefit of the economy.
The InCo movement is a movement to promote innovative breakthroughs whose aim is to promote active inter-structural dialogue and the development of tools for the sustainable development of an innovative society.
The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MHEST) and other Ministries and institutions (agencies, funds etc.) offer development incentives. They are allocated on the basis of invitations to tender, which are published annually in the Official Gazette.
FIDIBE is a transnational development project funded by Priority Axis 1. – Facilitation of Innovation and Entrepreneurship – of the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme.
The Slovenian Technology Agency helps to implement the Research and Development Programme and promotes research activities. It also manages open invitations to tender whose contracting authority is the Government.
The Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) performs professional, development and executive tasks relating to the National Research and Development Programme and other programmes and projects, financed from the State budget and other financial sources. The Agency carries out its legally determined duties in the public interest, as well as other work to promote research and development activities.