RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Over the past 10 years, the amount granted to universities and federal institutions to invest in infrastructure - to purchase equipment for laboratories, change computers and renovate classrooms and libraries - has shrunk by 73 percent. A G1 survey showed that in 2010 the amount was R$2.78 billion - and it dropped to well below half in 2019 (R$760 million). The figures have been adjusted for inflation.
With increasingly less money to invest, universities have incomplete works, outdated laboratories, and struggle to expand the number of personnel. Scientific research is also feeling the pinch: there are . . .