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Brazil's Budget Crunch Crushes Science

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Science  20 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5393, pp. 1403-1404
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5393.1403

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RIO DE JANEIRO-- On 8 September, Brazil's treasury department cut $160 million from the science ministry's already tight 1998 budget of $747 million; a second decree, issued on 30 October, trimmed another 5%, pushing many universities and laboratories to the brink of insolvency. Making matters worse, the government announced on 10 November that next year, the science ministry will receive 18.7% less than it had requested. Particularly hard hit is the country's principal science funding agency, the CNPq, which has not been able to distribute any new money for research in 1998.