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Germany Debates How to Strengthen Universities

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Science  19 Jul 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6143, pp. 227
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6143.227

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A relatively robust economy has allowed the government to increase funding for the country's major nonuniversity research organizations by 5% per year since 2011. But many university-based scientists see little of the money because the constitution prohibits federal government from funding universities directly. Change is coming because the budget-boosting agreements end between 2015 and 2019, and national elections in September will decide who gets to set the policies that will take their place. Funding bodies and organizations of research institutes have in recent months offered varying views of how the system should be changed. But they all agree on one thing: Funding for universities has to be increased.