Researchers in Brazil have been left reeling after the government announced that its federal science budget is to be nearly halved.
The 44 per cent reduction, announced on 30 March, will leave the ministry of science and technology with a budget of 2.8 billion reais (US$897 million), its lowest in at least 12 years. The government had originally allocated 5bn reais for 2017.
“The financial sector of the ministry has begun to evaluate the impact of the recent budget cuts. The evaluation will continue throughout this week, and the resulting actions will be announced soon,” a spokesman for Brazil’s science ministry told Research Europe.