More Than 40,000 researchers and members of the general public have signed an online petition that takes issue with the Spanish government's plan to cut funding to science grants and to freeze the hiring of scientists in the country. In January 2012, the government announced that the R&D budget would be 7.0%, or $784 million, less than the $11.2 billion 2011 budget, but there were rumors that the cuts could be even more severe. About 40% of Spain's R&D budget forms the pool of money used for science grants, salaries and operating budgets at national research laboratories, and the fees to participate in international projects such as the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the European Space Agency. The remainder of the R&D budget is for loans to science-based industry; this funding is not accessible to public institutions. In addition to concerns about how the federal government is managing its science priorities, researchers are upset about how state-level governments are handling their research budgets.

R&D budget, R&D funding, Science, Spain

Everts, S. (2012). Online petition attracts more than 40,000 signatures to protest proposed government R&D cuts and hiring freeze.