Coup de Grâce for Brazilian Science

Unless government officials release some of the frozen funds, the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, Brazil’s main research funding, could run out of cash as early as July.

By Xiu Ying, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Researchers in Brazil are up in arms after President Jair Bolsonaro's government announced late last month that it had frozen 42 percent of the budget for the country's Science and Communications Ministry (MCTIC).

The decision is especially painful because the Science Ministry was already struggling with its lowest budget in fourteen years. Brazilian Congress approved R$ 5.1 billion (US$ 1.45 billion) for the MCTIC in 2019; the freeze announced on March 29 leaves . . .

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