The agency's plans to fund up to 80 facilities at universities now seem doomed by harsh criticism and funding shortages
WASHINGTON -- The National Science Foundation has decided to give its controversial science and technology centers program a rest -- a move that may please longtime critics of the program but disappoint those scientists who had hoped to land centers on their own campuses.

A cornerstone of the effort by former NSF director Erich Bloch to safeguard U.S. scientific eminence and at the same time shore up the country's high-tech economy, the program is now limping through a delayed second round of awards. NSF of officials have no plans right now for a third round, and there is not expected to be any money for new science and technology centers (STCs) in the 1992 budget being proposed this week by President Bush. In fact, the centers, once one of the...

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