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Research Funding Cuts Restored

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Science  06 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5356, pp. 1445
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5356.1445b

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OTTAWA-- The Canadian government has moved to restore 3 years' worth of funding cuts to the country's three research granting councils. The increases, part of the country's new 1998 budget announced last week, will provide greater support for graduate students and individual investigators as well as stronger links with industry and community-based activities. They are being hailed by academic officials as an important "first step" in ending a dangerous slide in public R&D investment, but the officials also caution that the country has a long way to go to reassert its international competitiveness.