The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the draft budget for 2021, which contains increased funding for budget programs in the field of scientific and technical activities.
It is proposed to allocate UAH 820.5 million for scientific and scientific-technical activities of higher education institutions and research institutions in 2021. These funds will be used to finance the following areas:
Expenditures on state awards, scholarships and grants in the field of education, science and technology, scholarships to the winners of international competitions in the draft State Budget for 2021 are proposed to provide in the amount of UAH 67.5 million.
Moreover, in the draft State Budget for 2021 it is envisaged funding for the budget program "Priority areas of research and scientific-technical (experimental) solutions in higher educational institutions" in the amount of UAH 100 million. Expenditures should be directed, in particular, to the development of infrastructure, renewal and modernization of material and technical base for scientific and technical activities.
Almost UAH 584 million is provided for the activities of the National Research Fund in 2021 (this is almost twice as much as in 2020). Expenditures should be aimed at continuing funding for the competitions "Science for the Security of Man and Society", "Support for Research of Leading and Young Scientists". It is also planned to finance new competitions - "Support for research of young scientists", "Support for research in the field of natural, technical sciences, mathematics and computer science; in the field of biology, medicine and agricultural sciences and in the field of socio-humanitarian sciences".
At that, the Ministry is preparing proposals to increase expenditures on certain budget programs in the field of scientific and scientific-technical activities. These proposals, in accordance with the requirements of the law, can be considered during the second reading of the draft budget for 2021.
"The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved a draft budget, which in general contains an increased funding for science. I would like to note that the financial support of research projects of young scientists, as well as projects that will be selected on the basis of competitive approaches, has been intensified. Hard work is needed to ensure that our positions are taken into account in the further consideration and approval of the budget. The Ministry of Education and Science will ensure high-quality and efficient use of the allocated funds," said acting Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Serhii Shkarlet.