Slovenia (National level) (Sl)

Regional Innovation Performance (2019) Moderate

Total population (2019) 2,080,908

Population per km² (2017) 103

Proportion population older 65 year % 19,85%


Slovenia located in central and Southeastern Europe has a population of 2 million. The Slovenian government have recognised health and medicine as key strategic areas for development within the country, in order to lead the way towards economic and social transformation.


Priority areas of focus will include translational medicine and active and healthy aging. Slovenia are involved in a number of personalised health initiatives including ERA-NET on Personalised Medicine, EuroBioBank and ELIXIR.

Healthprofile according to the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):

Average life expectancy in Slovenia has increased rapidly in the last decade, but morbidity and mortality due to behavioural risk factors are on the rise. Social Health Insurance is compulsory with a single payer system and covers virtually all permanent residents. Slovenia is taking steps to prepare its health system to address the needs of a fast-ageing population and growing numbers of people with chronic conditions by improving health promotion and care coordination. Creating a strong primary care system has been a major focus for health policy reforms.

Is the region looking for international/European/interregional collaboration opportunities? Yes

Membership status

Member ICPerMed? obser 

Mountain ? majority of Slovenia is hilly or mountainous

Member Euregha? no 

Adriatic-Ionian MacroRegion? yes

InnoStars Region? yes

Northern Sparsely Populated Area (NSPA)? no

PM region according EC? no 

Baltic Sea MacroRegion? no

S3MedTech region? yes 

Danube MacroRegion? yes

S3P4PM region? yes 

Alpine MacroRegion? yes

Regions4PM region? no

ERAPerMed? yes 

Central Europe? yes

MedTech4Europe? no

Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)? no

1M+Genome initiative? member

European Regions Research & Innovation Network (ERRIN)? yes

Vanguard Initiative? yes

S3ClusSport member? no

Policy documents


  1. National level: Slovenia’s Smart Specialisation Strategy  

  2. National level: Slovenian SRIPs in details  

  3. SRIP Health - Medicine   

NACE Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health   related to Research and Innovation objectives:

C - Manufacturing; C.21 - Basic pharmaceutical   products and pharmaceutical preparations; Q.86 - Human health activities; M -   Professional, scientific and technical activities; M.72 - Scientific research   and development

Scientific domain NABS Personalised   Medicine/Personalised Health related to Research and Innovation:  NABS07 - Health; NABS121 - R&D related to   Natural Sciences - financed from GUF; NABS131 - R&D related to Natural   Sciences - financed from other sources than GUF

Policy objective Personalised   Medicine/Personalised Health related related to Research and Innovation   objectives: D - Digital transformation; D.19 - Artificial   intelligence, cognitive systems, augmented and virtual reality,   visualisation, simulation, gamification & interaction technologies; D.27   - e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing); E.37 - Advanced manufacturing systems; E.38   - Advanced materials; E.40 - Micro/Nano-electronics; E.41 - Nanotechnology;   E.42 - Photonics; I.59 - Social innovation with regard to health, well-being   & elder care.

Funding programmes or other support measures: Reimbursement of prenatal molecular screening tests; Health data populations study; Genomics population study.

Policy document (RIS3): Yes - Slovenia's Smart Specialisation Strategy

Policy document PM@RIS3: Yes - Translational Medicine Vertical as a part of the SRIP Health-Medicine

Major initiatives


  1. ERA-NET on Personalised Medicine  

  2. EkoSmart 

  3. EuroBioBank

  4. EATRIS  European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine  

  5. ELIXIR  The European Life - Science Infrastructure for Biological Information  

  6. BBMRI  Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure  

  7. EURO-BIOIMAGING  European Research Infrastructure for Imaging Technologies in Biological and Biomedical Sciences  

  8. ISBE  Infrastructure for Systems Biology Europe

  9. Slovene Genome Project   

  10. Development of algorythm for determining genetic risk factors on the primary level of health care   

  11. SIGN   

  12. Center for Mendelian Genomics  NGS Center for medical applications   

  13. CoNSENSo Interreg Alpine Space project

  14. Slovenian Innovation Hub

  15. International Roundtable on Chronic disease management - Opportunities and perspectives of personalized medicine Nov 14 2019 in Ljubljana 

  16. Member European '1+ Million Genomes' Initiative 


  18. Integriran pristup skrbi za starije osobe u kući 

  19. Life quality improvement of people with dementia in the cross-border area 

  20. Evroregija avstrijska Štajerska - SV Slovenija - zdrava regija/ Euroregio Steiermark - Slowenien - gesunde Region 

  21. Slovenian-Italian genetics network 

  22. Digital Innovation Hubs :


Is the region represented in: Horizon2020; Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy Platforms/Partnerships (RIS3); EIT Health/InnoStars/Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS); other?



  3. EIT Health Hub, Slovenia

Self evaluation

General perception of the implementation level of PM in the region -Medium

Rate of the need for developing and implementing PM in the region -High

Rate of the need for increasing support/funding for PM activities in the  region- Very High

Rate of the need for increasing the capacity of PM skills in the region- Medium

Rate of the genomics literacy of the citizens in the region -Medium

Rate of the need for increasing interregional collaboration in PM - High

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium