Scientists may find this a better year than usual to get grants either from or through the National Science Foundation to do research in Japan, thanks to an infusion of funding support from the U.S. government and two Japanese organizations.

The NSF’s U.S.-Japan Cooperative Science Program received $800,000 more than it did last year, doubling its budget, according to program manager Larry Weber. NSF will use the money for four programs.

" Long-term Stays in Japan. U.S. scientists and engineers who wish to work in the Japanese research community for six months or more may apply to this program for a monthly stipend, round-trip air fare, and a housing allowance.

" Language fellowships. The program will pay for Japanese-language lessons for U.S. scientists as well as programs to develop course materials for teaching scientific Japanese.

" Survey teams. NSF will pay for groups of U.S. scientists and engineers to visit...

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