News FocusU.S. Science and Austerity

Setting Priorities Has Never Been Fun

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Science  11 Nov 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6057, pp. 752
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6057.752

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Government support for research has grown steadily since the late 1940s, and the process for determining the "right" level comes up every time there is a funding crisis. Lobbyists of all stripes hope to influence Congress to embrace their point of view. And the stakes couldn't be higher, as a broad funding cut looms.