Compared with the S&T priorities for 2011–2015, one can observe an important change: almost all the priorities have been formulated in a very broad way, e.g. 'Medicine and pharmacy' instead of 'Medical, diagnostic, preventive and rehabilitative technologies, cellular and molecular biology technologies in medicine, apparatus and instruments for medical purposes'. Moreover, in the previous budgetary cycle, each priority was further divided in 6-16 sub-priorities, while now, it seems, every topic related to, say, energy or economy can be supported. This makes the task of concentrating the limited financial resources on the most promising directions or urgent societal challenges quite complicated.
The above list of priorities is the basis for developing a list of the national research programmes (basic and applied research), which has to be finalised by summer 2015.