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Universities Raise Their Game, But the Money Doesn't Flow

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Science  21 Dec 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5551, pp. 2448-2449
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5551.2448

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NORWICH, U.K.-- British researchers won warm praise last week for their talent, but it came with a splash of fiscal cold water. According to a mammoth review carried out every 5 years or so to allocate funding for research infrastructure, U.K. researchers are currently performing better than those of any country in the world. Unfortunately, these hardworking researchers have raised the level of their game so fast that they have stripped bare the government fund designed to support them.