News of the WeekU.K. FUNDING

New Program Supports Facilities, Stipends

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Science  14 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5477, pp. 226-227
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5477.226

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- British scientists are celebrating a $1.7 billion windfall, announced last week by the U.K. government, to shore up deteriorating facilities and raise stipends for Ph.D. students. The 2-year spending boost is intended to keep the pool of British science well stocked, both by attracting more talented students into the field and stemming the flow of scientists out of the country. But the benefits are not spread evenly across the research spectrum.