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Europe Begins Work on Modest New Agency

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Science  03 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5569, pp. 826-827
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5569.826b

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STOCKHOLM-- Rampant dissatisfaction with Europe's basic research strategy--or lack thereof--has sparked calls for a new grantmaking body to fill the void. At a meeting here last week, the continent's top science managers started to flesh out a proposal for a European Research Council. It may not be what many scientists were hoping to see, but it does reflect budgetary constraints and the reality of the European Union's byzantine politics.