Canada to Draw Up Strategic Plans

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Science  25 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5385, pp. 1933
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5385.1933a

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OTTAWA-- With $520 million to spend on refitting the nation's academic laboratories, the Canada Foundation for Innovation this month sifted through more than 300 proposals for its first round of grants and decided that it couldn't choose among virtually identical projects without first seeking a community consensus on priorities in a dozen or so fields for which applicants were seeking funding. That exercise will force a delay in the bulk of awards and could lead to collaborations and significant revisions among what are now competing projects. University administrators warn that it also could pose quite a challenge for a community accustomed to going its own way.