Money and Charisma Help the Science Tide Come In

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Science  09 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5510, pp. 1889-1890
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5510.1889

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LISBON-- New funds from the central government and the European Union, in the hands of an activist science minister, are helping revive a once-proud scientific tradition after decades of neglect under António de Oliveira Salazar, who saw intellectuals as a threat to his iron-fisted rule and expelled dozens of professors. Public research spending as a percentage of gross domestic product has nearly tripled since 1986, to 0.63%--still low compared with the research superpowers, but higher than that of Ireland, Italy, and Spain. And even though E.U. funding for capacity-building projects will dry up in 2006, government officials feel that the country is finally on the right track.