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Parliament defends blue-skies research

Danish MPs have agreed to prioritise the basic research council over innovation spending in their latest 2017 budget plan.

On 3 November, all parties came to an agreement on how to distribute the 555 million Danish kroner in the research reserve fund for 2017. Out of this sum, they allocated kr143m to the Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF)—an amount kr50m higher than the government had originally proposed.

This brings the DFF budget up to kr960m, compared with kr920m in 2016. Previously, the DFF had received a 25 per cent reduction between 2015 and 2016, as part of cuts to reduce the country’s budget deficit.

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