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Grim Budgets Spur Call to Action

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Science  26 Apr 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5261, pp. 477
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5261.477a


Amid the current fiscal uncertainties, the researchers, university administrators, and policy wonks who converged in Washington last week to discuss federal support for R&D reached consensus on two important points: R&D spending is almost certain to decline in the next few years, and science advocates must make their cause more visible if they hope to protect their programs. In addition, Democrats and Republicans alike agree that projections of what the government might spend on science in 2000 and beyond should be taken with more than a grain of salt.