For researchers, a breath of fresh air in the budget
France is to increase its research spending by 6 per cent, according to draft budget plans for 2018. Frédérique Vidal, the minister for higher education, research and innovation, said that “we all know that we have come to the end of a movement where laboratories’ allocations have been trimmed, year after year”, Nature reported. “With the 2018 budget, we are reversing the trend and are starting to give fresh oxygen to our research,” she added. A further
€2.4 billion (£2.1 billion) will be injected into research funding over the next five years as part of an economic recovery programme, the journal also reported.