The Brazilian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Marcos Pontes, said yesterday (21), during an interview with the program UncensoredFrom Brazil TVThe National Institutes of Science and Technology will receive about 280 million Brazilian reais to fund the research.
According to Pontes, this amount is part of more than 1 billion Rls invested in this sector in 2022. The minister also revealed that another 250 million Rls will be available to fund various research productivity studies. In total, the ministry has 130 institutes, their budgets with a deficit of 30%. “We need this. It sounds like a lot, but we need more,” he said.
During the interview, the minister explained that there are more than 70,000 vacancies in activities related to information and communication technology, and that the ministry provides courses and workshops for the specialization of those wishing to join the sector.
Pontes also referred to the national production of vaccines, medicines and medical supplies. He highlighted the importance of the independence of national production and the promotion of scientific research in Brazil. We have developed a strategy to make the country independent in producing vaccines. In short: If the planet doesn’t sell us vaccines, we can sell them to the planet, as well as reduce our dependence on medicines.”
Similarly, the minister announced that he had invited billionaire Richard Branson, of Virgin Galactic – a company that provides orbital flights to tourists – to set up a launch center in Brazil.
This article was translated using artificial intelligence and reviewed by a translator before publication.