NewsBreakdown Revisited

Trying to Stay Afloat

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Science  18 Dec 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5960, pp. 1604-1605
DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5960.1604

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When last year's financial crisis (Science's "Breakdown of the Year" for 2008) swept the globe, doomsayers predicted a calamity for research. They were partly right: 2009 has been a tough year for many U.S. academic institutions dependent on state funding or endowments. But it has also been a banner year for thousands of individual scientists, whose labs have benefited from billions of dollars in U.S. government stimulus funding. And in much of the rest of the world, research institutions so far seem to be weathering the storm.