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Polish Science Reforms Bring Fear and Hope

Science  19 Mar 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5972, pp. 1442
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5972.1442

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The Polish Parliament this month began voting on legislation creating a new national agency charged with distributing competitive grants for frontier research. The proposed National Center for Science (NCN), to be located in Krakow, is meant to be free from political pressures and would use an international peer-review system modeled on those of the European Research Council and the U.S. National Science Foundation. NCN would also earmark at least 20% of its budget to grants for scientists under age 35. Michal Kleiber, president of the Polish Academy of Sciences, sees in NCN the type of reform the country's scientific community needs.