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Billion-Dollar Project Kicks Off New Century

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Science  14 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5451, pp. 206-207
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5451.206

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA-- The Korean government has recently announced the first two projects in a 10-year, multibillion-dollar effort to bolster Korean science. Government officials hope the new initiative, called the 21st Century Frontier Research Program, will be more successful in generating new knowledge--and new products--than its predecessor, the Highly Advanced Research (HAN) Project that is nearing the end of its 10-year run. Unlike HAN, the new program will require that project leaders link up with foreign researchers, as well as give them the freedom to select those collaborators and manage their entire project.