News of the WeekRUSSIAN UNIVERSITIES

Centers of Excellence Get Big U.S. Boost

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Science  18 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5520, pp. 1280
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5520.1280a

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- A unique experiment to improve Russian science has won a ringing endorsement: Two heavyweight U.S. foundations are plowing $12.5 million into an effort to create scientific oases in Russia's impoverished university system. The funding boost more than doubles the budget of the fledgling Basic Research and Higher Education Program, allowing it to expand from eight to 16 centers across the country.