Scientists in Eastern European countries like Latvia and Hungary are facing difficulties as the global economic turndown covers the world economy. The Latvian government instituted a variety of budget cuts in January 2009 including an appropriate 40% reduction of funding for research and education that also cuts the salaries of university professors. Peteris Trapencieris, a chemist at the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, has lost his two contract works, one from Germany and the other from Sweden. István T. Horváth, a chemist at Eötvös Loránd University, also lost a contract research project due to crisis. Karol Grela a professor at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, is receiving Eu grants in euros, and contract research in a variety of currencies, and is positive.