Power of the Purse: Down-to-the-Wire Talks Shape a New NSF Center

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Science  26 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5581, pp. 507
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5581.507

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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA-- The stakes are high when you're applying for one of the National Science Foundation's coveted multiyear, multimillion-dollar Science and Technology Center awards, and NSF takes a hands-on approach to making sure its money is well spent. So when researchers at the University of Minnesota learned that their plan for a National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics had made the final cut, their work had only just begun.