Research budget cut down in Spain

According to a spokesperson of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, the 2010 research budget will be decreased by 15% as compared to 2009. This is a dramatic change in relation to the overall direction that the Spanish government has been holding for the last few years, in which a policy of sustained growth in R&D funding was systematically applied.

Controversy is served. Despite the well known world-wide recession that affects Spain as much as any other western country, a 15% cut down is disproportionate when compared to other areas of the national budget, which, again according to government spokespersons, will suffer much smaller reductions, no reductions at all, or will even be increased.

With this post I want to show my disagreement with the Spanish government’s policy of applying the most severe budget cut down in the research area. No al recorte del presupuesto en I+D.

No al recorte del presupuesto en I+D

No al recorte del presupuesto en I+D

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2 Responses to “Research budget cut down in Spain”


  1. 1 fernando 9 October 2009 at 15:15

    I support your post, just as I said in my blog it must be considered what kind of economy are we really after.
    If we want to be as Germany or as the USA we should start acting like them in terms of Science and R&D, our politicians should learn something from Obama’s and Merkel’s cabinets.

  2. 2 cesargon 10 October 2009 at 1:55

    Well, I don’t think it’s a matter of being like Germany or the USA. We need to be us. Each country has its own particular historical conditions and its own character, and R&D policy must acknowledge this. I can give you an example that may look silly to some but which I believe is extremely important: in Spain, most people find the anglosaxon ethics of responsibility and delegation totally impossible; they feel uncomfortable and out of place in it. A R&D policy based on trust rather than surveillance would be met with resistance by so many managers in Spain.
    In summary: we need to build our own policies, adjusted to who we are, and aimed to improving it. Copying others blindly won’t do us any good. 🙂


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