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Government proposes multi-year budget to strengthen research

France’s prime minister Édouard Philippe has pledged to consult with researchers over proposed reforms that will commit funding for multiple years rather than annually, as some have long demanded.

Addressing senior staff of the CNRS, France’s largest public research organisation, on 1 February, Philippe said that the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation could have part of its budget set for several years at a time from 2021. He did not say how much of the budget for the ministry of research, set at €25.1 billion for 2019, would be put aside as multi-year spending nor how many years the new system would cover.

But Philippe said that he would consult with researchers and research organisations to work out the details of the plan.

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