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White House Panel Urges Agencies to Take More Risks

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Science  07 Dec 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6112, pp. 1274
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6112.1274

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Current efforts by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation to make a bigger commitment to supporting high-risk, interdisciplinary research by investigators with a strong track record are but a small part of all agency funding, says a report released last week by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. The new report urges U.S. research agencies to ease regulatory burdens on universities, strengthen ties with industry, improve science and math education, and ensure a steady, predictable rate of growth for federal spending on science, all of which will sound familiar from other recent reports by equally prestigious panels.