Policy ForumSCIENCE PRIORITIES

An Opportunities-Based Science Budget

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Science  17 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5495, pp. 1303
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5495.1303

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Newt Gingrich introduces the concept of an "opportunities-based budget", as an approach to federal research and development funding. Policy-makers should not frame the debate on science funding in terms of percentage of increase. Rather, a systematic analysis of the promise of opportunities should be conducted and the funds allotted accordingly. This article is a call to rethink how lawmakers are funding the discoveries upon which future generations will rely.