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NSF Fits In New Projects Despite Squeeze on Funding

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Science  31 Jan 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5300, pp. 609
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5300.609

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Next week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will ask Congress, as part of its 1998 budget request, to approve starting two new projects: the Millimeter Array and the Polar Cap Observatory. The agency is able to fund such expensive projects while its budget is constrained thanks to a new mechanism it created 3 years ago that aims to fund big science in an orderly manner.