“Substantial” investment in medical research promised

“Substantial” investment in medical research promised

A “very substantial” financial support programme to bolster Portugal’s medical and clinical research sector is currently in the works and should be ready by 2015, Secretary of State for Science Leonor Parreira announced on November 27.
Without giving more information, she said that further details will be revealed as soon as the programme – brought to life by the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Health – is fully developed.
Her announcement followed a strong statement earlier that week from the president of the Portuguese Association of Cancer Research Leonor David, who said that while Portugal conducts “quality research”, the future is bleak as support is usually nowhere to be found.
The secretary of state disagrees: “Unlike what many people have said, Portugal did not stop investing in science during the bailout period.”
Acknowledging that the country had some rough patches these past years, Leonor Parreira stressed that there was actually an investment of €250 million in the country’s Foundation for Science and Technology in 2012.
“The State Budget’s slice for science went up 7% in 2014 and is going to increase 8% in 2015,” she stressed.