The federal government, through the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, will allocate approximately R$1 billion in resources to develop research and advance scholarships and other actions in favor of science, technology and innovation in the country. The announcement was made by Minister for Astronauts Marcos Pontes during the MCTI mission to the Heart Institute, in the city of São Paulo (SP), on Friday (25/03).
The funds come from the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FNDCT) withdrawal, and will support studies in various fields, such as biotechnology, the Internet of things, vaccine production, agriculture and health.
Among the new investments, we highlight R$43 million for the Human Resources in Strategic Areas (RHAE) program, R$280 million invested in 102 participants in the INCT program, and most of the R$650 million will be used in Projects approved by public calls from CNPq, the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, associated with MCTI.
In a speech at the event, Minister Marcos Pontes emphasized: “This is a very important moment for the national flag. With the pandemic, we have seen how science and technology must work quickly to generate quality of life, provide a positive economic impact and change scenarios. It shows all the investments that have been made that are being Conducted by the MCTI, the revolution through which the ministry has gone through, it reaffirms the legacy of the Brazilian flag, self-sufficiency, pulsing and sovereignty. The issuance of the FNCDT was a decisive step towards this stage of national research and innovation.”
According to MCTI’s Secretary of Research and Scientific Training, Marcelo Morales, the resources will bring positive and relevant results to Brazil. “It is a unique moment to announce these investments here at Health Sciences Headquarters, University of the South Pacific School of Medicine. I ran a lot through the corridors of the Curaçao Institute when I was a student in education. I take this opportunity to congratulate FINEP and CNPq, who will be responsible for transmitting and managing all these values Morales concluded.
To see the full announcement, watch the video below.
With information from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation
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