“The research grant is not a charity,” the minister explained.
247 – Luciana Santos took office on Monday (2) as Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation. In her speech, she promised to work for the abolition of the provisional measure 1136/22 of Jair Bolsonaro’s government, which reduces the application of resources from the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FNDCT) until 2026. She also spoke of the opposite. Liquidation Center of Excellence in Advanced Electronic Technology (Ceitec), a public company that produces semiconductors and chips, headquartered in Porto Alegre.
According to Minister Santos, the last government was responsible for “a break in science funding”. It specifically indicated the reduction from 5 billion to 500 million in FNDCT resources between 2010 and 2021.
“One of the first indications of the Working Group (of science and technology) is the return of Temporary Measure 1136, released by the Bolsonaro government, which blocked FNDCT resources until 2026. Within the repeal package, we will request the reinstatement of Temporary Measure to fulfill the law.”
Minister Santos also highlighted the Department’s role in reallocating funding for CNPq and Capes research grants and stated that “research grants are not handouts.”
“Research grants cannot be treated as handouts, but as an investment in the country’s future. We cannot allow talent to be avoided, and we will strive to build public policies to attract interest and enable our youth to access universities and research institutes, ensuring that the status of girls and women in scientific and technological professions is assured,” he said. “.
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