Number of the week

The state of scientific research in Brazil

Brazil is hemorrhaging money for scientific research at the worst possible moment

funds for scientific research in Brazil
Scientists in Rio de Janeiro research how the coronavirus acts in the human nervous system. Photo: Alessandro Dahan/Shutterstock

Welcome to “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps understand what is going on in Brazil. This week’s number details how Brazil is hemorrhaging money for scientific research at the worst possible moment.

$98mn
to fund scientific research

In its efforts to approve the 2021 budget, while avoiding a breach of Brazil’s budgetary laws, the Jair Bolsonaro administration slashed investment across multiple areas, from the census to institutions responsible for fostering scientific research. In its latest move, the government blocked over 90 percent of funds allocated to the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development...

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