Swedish researchers have responded with a measure of disappointment to promises from the government that it will boost funding over the next 4 years.
In his annual government report to Parliament on Tuesday (September 14), Prime Minister Göran Persson declared: "Sweden shall be a leading nation for scientific research." He announced that the annual science funding budget of 20 billion Swedish kronor would be gradually increased by 2.3 billion kronor over the next 4 years.
"This is good news but it's not enough," Marie Wahrén chairwoman of the Junior Faculty at the Karolinska Institute, told
Henrik Semb, a developmental biologist at Lund University, agreed that it is difficult to get funding for new research projects under the current situation.
"It is good news, and I hope this is a change in...