In Search of the Best Grant System

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Science  26 Aug 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5739, pp. 1329
DOI: 10.1126/science.1115377

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Japan's research budget has grown dramatically since 1995, and both the government and scientific community consider the appropriate distribution of these funds to be of critical importance. The Research Center for Science Systems seeks to be a good mediator between active scientists and such policy-making bodies as the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). Honjo describes recent initatives by the Center to improve the grant-review process--from selecting reviewers to providing feedback to applicants, as well as balancing the research needs of various communities.