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New Research Strategy Draws Criticism

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Science  11 Oct 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5285, pp. 171
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5285.171


Paris--On 3 October, an interministerial committee chaired by Prime Minister Alain Juppé unveiled a sweeping panoply of measures designed to harness French science to serve the needs of France's ailing economy. The government will shift research funds into priority areas and push scientists to reorient their own priorities, for example by including patent records as part of the evaluation of publicly funded researchers. The announcement has prompted anxiety among researchers that it will tip the balance away from basic science.