The Sciences: Will Grants Fill The Gaps?

MORE AND MORE OF SCIENCE'S most potent advances are popping up between the cracks of academic disciplines such as physics and biology. Yet the rugged individualism of such disciplines is proving to be solidly entrenched. To pull down academia's barriers, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in Durham, N.C., established a long-term initiative in 1995 and invited research organizations to compete for five-year grants by developing programs to foster collaboration at the interfaces between the hard and soft sciences.

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