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Research funding cuts will curb recovery in Brazil

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Significance

Financial constraints on public research and development (R&D) have been worsening over years. The suspension of tax-free imports in late May adds further uncertainty to ongoing research, with many imports focusing on the development of new vaccines and drugs against COVID-19.

Impacts

  • Federal public universities, already experiencing large budget cuts, are likely to suspend some R&D and investments.
  • Scientific development and research will not be a priority for the current government.
  • Bolsonaro’s criticism of universities may prompt interference in their activities.
  • Lack of public financing for R&D raises additional questions over Brazil’s recovery.

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