Report suggests that global `yardstick' be the key to framing funding policy questions that are more answerable in practice
Among other concerns, some scientists question the report's emphasis on maintaining the U.S.'s standing in international research, instead of keeping primary focus on advancing national objectives.
"I don't have any problem with them emphasizing this as a very important criterion," says Arden Albee, dean of graduate studies at the California Institute of Technology. "After all, this is government funding. But if it was...