How Best to Hold Federal Scientific Research Accountable

January 30, 2015 1:51 PM

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The U.S. Congress is responsible for overseeing federal funding of scientific research. The question raised recently is how best to do that to ensure that government investments fund the finest science -- and promote most effectively America's economic growth and prosperity.

The first step toward eliminating wasteful spending should be increased transparency. At the moment, the only information available to the public about grants is a brief summary on the agency's website written by the researcher. Instead, agencies -- not researchers -- should provide a plain-English,...

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