Rethinking science policy

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Science  01 Oct 1982:
Vol. 218, Issue 4567, pp. 28-30
DOI: 10.1126/science.7123212


Industry is now investing heavily and at an increasing rate in research and development. The government's responsibility should be to assure that this industrial spending is paralleled by real growth in its support of basic research. Such growth is realistic, even in times of budgetary constraints, given a proposed compact between the scientific community and the government, in which, inter alia, a small percentage of the funds spent on development would be reprogrammed for basic research.