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Head of France's main funding body resigns amid acrimony

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Science  28 Jul 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6349, pp. 341
DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6349.341

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The head of France's National Research Agency (ANR), the country's main science funding body, suddenly stepped down last week after more than a year of power struggles within the agency, which had led to the dismissal of staff scientists and resignations by members of evaluation panels. Michael Matlosz, a U.S.-born chemical engineer who headed ANR since 2014, handed in his letter of resignation on 18 July, according to a statement from France's research ministry, which oversees ANR. The statement offered little explanation but said Matlosz agreed that the agency needed "a new impetus." Matlosz, who did not respond to questions from Science, has now been asked to write a report on public funding mechanisms in France.