Dutch government to spend less on research

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The Dutch government will spend 450 million less on scientific research in the coming years.

The Rathenau institute, an independent institute which seeks to promote public debate on science and technology, on Wednesday submitted to parliament its overview of government spending on research in the period 2009-2015.

The institute investigated how much money the ministries collectively spend on research. Total government research spending is expected to drop from 4.8 billion euros in 2009 to more than 4.3 billion in 2015.

The current cabinet’s cuts to research spending will make it more difficult for the Netherlands to compete with other countries in terms of the knowledge economy.

Until last year, the annual overview of government spending was drawn up by the education, culture and science ministry. This year’s report does not yet include all budget cuts and investments included in the coalition agreement.


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