Germans Resolve Funding Stalemate

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Science  01 Jul 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5731, pp. 33
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5731.33c

BERLIN—Top universities and science organizations in Germany are applauding a long-awaited science funding boost. The 5-year, $2.3 billion “Excellence Initiative,” which is designed to propel several institutions to world-class status, was blocked for more than a year by political fights between state and federal leaders (Science, 22 April, p. 483). The prospect of early elections this fall and a minor rewording of the proposal apparently helped break the deadlock late last month. Proposals from universities are due in September, and funds are set to flow next year. The agreement also includes a minimum 3% yearly budget increase through 2010 for Germany's nonuniversity research organizations such as the Max Planck Society.

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