Astronomer Diego de la Fuente’s bet on Spanish science funding has paid off. Last week Nature reported that the graduate student from the National Aerospace Technical Institute in Madrid, along with many other provisional winners of mobility grants, was using his own money to fund his research abroad while he waited to hear whether or not Spain’s Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness would come through with the grants.
In previous years final decisions on this class of grant were announced in late December, but for the past two and a half months researchers have recieved little information about the funding from the ministry. Today the Ministry put de la Fuente and about 1,200 other young researchers at ease by approving all the provisional grants (PDF). “It makes me very happy,” de la Fuente says, “I think now I’ll be able to concentrate better on my work.”