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R&D Budget Request Reverses Long Decline

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Science  09 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5387, pp. 207-209
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5387.207b

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MADRID-- Spain's conservative Popular Party government this week announced plans to ask for a major increase in research funding in the 1999 budget. Currently, Spain spends just 0.8% of its gross domestic product on research and development, placing it firmly in the bottom tier of European research spending. Observers expect parliament to approve the increase by the end of the year.