The astrophysicist Jiří Grygar has refused to accept a government award for research and development that he was to receive based on his excellent research results and his ongoing efforts to make the sciences more popular. He explained that his refusal was motivated by the changes in financing for the Academy of Sciences that the government had made, which according to him damage the sciences. The new financing system will gradually lower the Academy’s budget and projects will receive funds based on their alleged practicality and will be subject to market principles.
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