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Easing the Squeeze on R&D

Science  21 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5342, pp. 1390-1392
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5342.1390

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A strong economy and broad support in Congress augur well for R&D to do even better in next year's budget battles than it did this year. There are already signs that the era of stagnant budgets may be over: When Congress adjourned last week, it had increased R&D spending for 1998 by 4%--twice the amount requested by the White House. And a growing number of politicians are talking about how R&D spending could rise significantly next year if the deficit disappears as early as next year rather than in 2002, as projected in this summer's budget agreement. But any new round of spending is sure to trigger stiff competition.