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Income Wageningen Research institutes by funding source

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08 June 2023
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In this data publication we show the extent and development of the income of the institutes of Wageningen Research (institutes of the former DLO Foundation) by funding source.

In short

  • In 2021 Wageningen Research institutions received 372 million euros.
  • Last decade, between 40% and 50% of revenues derives directly from the government
  • For 20210 the institutions raised more revenue from contract based research commissioned by business enterprises (65 million euros) than by government (57 million euros)

New rise after long decline
Between 2006 and 2010, the total income of the 'Wageningen Institutes' rose from EUR 316 million to EUR 358 million. This is followed by a long decline to 300 million in 2017. Since 2018 (323 million) do revenues increase again.

Central government is main funder
Since 2008, central government funding has amounted to less than half of the revenues. From its peak in 2007 (EUR 171 million), central government funding declined steadily to its lowest point in 2017 (EUR 114 million). The decline was not only absolute, but also relative (from 50% of the total in 2007 to 38% of the total in 2017).

In 2018, for the first time in ten years, there was an increase in funding from central government: from 114 million to 136 million (an increase of 20%). In 2019, central government funding will increase a further 14% to EUR 157 million. The share of central government funding in the total is then over 45%. Government funding also increased again in 2020 (168 million) and 2021 (182 million). In 2020 this share was 47% and in 2021 49% of total revenue.

Balancing contracts with companies and government
Wageningen Research derives a higher amount of money from contract research for companies (EUR 65 million in 2021) than from contract research for goverment (EUR 57 million in 2021). The share of contract research for European parties has been around 20 million euros since 2015.