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Science Agency Hit With 55% Cut

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Science  13 Jun 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5319, pp. 1639
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5319.1639a

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MOSCOW-- In an effort to eliminate an $18.5 billion budget deficit, the Russian government announced late last month that it will slash this year's funding to the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), and many other government agencies, by 55%. The new RFBR head, Mikhail Alfimov, says the cuts will damage the majority of research programs supported by the foundation and undermine reforms intended to establish a system of competitive funding of research.