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Relief From Finance Farce?

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Science  17 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5375, pp. 319
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5375.319a

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When the Russian government earlier this year installed a new system for distributing grants awarded by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and its offspring, the Russian Humanitarian Scientific Foundation--the country's fledgling competitive grants agencies--many scientists' grants failed to appear, others got only a fraction of their awards, and nobody at the foundations could track what had happened to the money. Now, the government is trying again, with a new distribution system that was installed this month.