Turbulent Times Mean Trouble for Science

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Science  17 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5375, pp. 327-329
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5375.327

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Indonesia's economic crisis has triggered sharp cuts in research funding, leaving scientists scrambling to find other ways to keep their projects alive. This year officials are bracing for a double-digit contraction in the economy, an abrupt turnaround after more than a decade of 7% annual growth rates that fueled significant new investments in research. But the government is continuing international scientific collaborations and providing support for study and training abroad, so researchers are taking a wait-and-see attitude.