A Blow to Austria's Scientific Revival

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Science  26 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5470, pp. 1324-1327
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5470.1324

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VIENNA-- In the decades since the Nazi occupation tore apart its scientific community, Austria has restored some elements to a world-class level. Now an eroding science budget threatens to stall the research renaissance that began in 1968 when the newborn Austrian Science Fund (FWF)--the country's basic research granting agency--began training and funding a new generation of scientists. Last week, the Austrian Parliament approved an austere science budget that slashes support for the FWF by 26% and savages spending on laboratory upgrades by nearly two-thirds.