Spain Opens Coffers to Keep Talent at Home

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Science  19 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5469, pp. 1150
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5469.1150a

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Late last month, the Spanish government announced a plan to boost science and technology spending over the next 4 years from $2.8 billion, or 0.9% of the gross national product in 1999, to the European average of 2% by 2003. Tasked with pushing this agenda is a new Ministry for Science and Technology, created last month by Prime Minister José Maria Aznar. Researchers have been waiting for such good news for more than a decade.