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Japan Boosts Competitive Grants at Expense of Big Science

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Science  14 Jan 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6014, pp. 132-133
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6014.132-b

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Under what Prime Minister Naoto Kan calls "a budget for the reinvigoration of Japan," the country's main research grants program is slated for a whopping 32% increase to $3.2 billion in the coming year. Rank-and-file researchers are sure to be pleased with the better odds of winning support under the fiercely competitive program, says Kazuaki Kawabata, the education ministry's director of research and development policy.