Unions denounce unequal R&D investmentChemistry World.
The education ministry’s official line is that €200 million was allocated to the Italian Institute of Technology to “promote […] national interest research projects for the economic development of the country, and actions that help young people access the world of research”. The ministry declined to comment further.
However, the move has caused anger among many researchers. The largest labour union in the country said in a press release that the Italian Institute of Technology has been receiving €100 million per year for the last 10 years, and the institute has only spent 80% of this money. Sources at the labour union added that universities were subject to “extremely rigid productivity tests” used to allocate the “ever-dwindling funds of a chronically underfunded” university and public research system in Italy.
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