Funds for science and research to be distributed more effectively

Science and research is the only sphere which will be spared from next year’s budget cuts but the money earmarked for that purpose must be used more effectively, Prime Minister Petr Nečas said in an address to the Czech Academy of Sciences on Tuesday. The prime minister said that state expenditure towards science and research would even increase slightly from this year’s 25.4 billion crowns to 25.9 billion in 2011. However he said the money would go to those who used it most effectively, and the methods of evaluating results in the sphere of science and development would be revised without fail. The government is to set up a special commission for that purpose in the coming days.