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New Money Widens Gap Among Universities

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Science  01 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5556, pp. 788-789
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5556.788

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OTTAWA, CANADA-- New programs are pumping more than a billion dollars into academic research in an attempt at creating an MIT or two north of the 49th parallel. But a relative handful of universities are getting most of the money, and some educators worry that the government is purchasing excellence for a few at the expense of the majority of institutions, faculty, and students. A forthcoming government policy paper on innovation promises to provide a forum for this debate.