The information for these stories and the accompanying chart was gathered by freelance writers Bob Westgate and Susan Walton.

WASHINGTON-Funding for science research, part of an overall federal budget that is expected to grow little in 1987, has increased significantly in several areas.

Congress once again failed to approve appropriations bills for individual departments. Instead, on the day before it adjourned last month, it approved a $576 billion continuing resolution covering most governmental operations. The 1,200 page document specifies how much money. each department can spend in the current fiscal year and contains specific requirements for thousands of programs. Even so, it gives most agencies considerable leeway in allocating money to particular activities, a task that will occupy administrators for the next several weeks.

 One clear winner this year is the National Institutes of Health (see THE SCIENTIST, October, p. 1). The  money to be spent on research grants of...

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