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article imageSpanish science gets cash injection

By Tim Sandle     Oct 26, 2013 in Science
Spain’s federal government has delivered an emergency cash boost to the country’s largest research organization, staving off closure for the time being.
The Spanish government’s Ministry of Economy has approved a €70 million ($96 million) sum to keep afloat the National Research Council (CSIC). The CISC which has been struggling, following a series drastic funding cuts over the past five years. The funding cuts has been seen by the government as necessary due to Spain's flagging economy. It appears that the cuts went a little too far.
The CSIC employs around 6,000 staff. The body is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. The CSIC's main objective is to develop and promote research that will help bring about scientific and technological progress, and it is prepared to collaborate with Spanish and foreign entities in order to achieve this aim.
CSIC President Emilio Lora-Tamayo told the magazine Nature that: "The Ministry of Economy has fulfilled its promise of 'not letting the CSIC fall."
However, despite the cash injection, some Spanish scientists are warning that the measure may only bring temporary relief to the scientific enterprise there. Carlos Andradas Heranz, a mathematician at the Complutense University of Madrid is quoted as saying: "What is very preoccupying is that there are many other problems and that they not only affect CSIC, but all the other public research organizations and all the universities. These [problems] remain unsolved."
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