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New Zealand: Fund Fuels a Resurgence of Basic Research

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Science  12 Jan 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5246, pp. 141
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5246.141


Wellington, New Zealand—Four years ago, New Zealand reorganized its research establishment to give priority to studies likely to have industrial or social payoff. Basic research was given a relatively low priority, and academic research centers were squeezed. Recently, however, the government has swung the pendulum back a little by creating a new funding body for basic research, with a $4 million budget that is scheduled to grow to $15 million by 1997.