Japan Wants Results to Influence Budgets

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Science  04 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5420, pp. 1601-1603
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5420.1601

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TOKYO-- Japan's Education Ministry is weighing a plan to make an institution's track record a criterion in future spending on new research buildings and large equipment. The approach would break with the current practice of allocating infrastructure funds to universities and the ministry's institutes through a formula based primarily on size and tradition. Most scientists applaud the idea of a more rigorous evaluation of research programs, although some are concerned about what measures would be used and how the process might affect the research enterprise.