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Seven developing-country researchers are to receive grants to investigate how scientific and technological knowledge is applied to development.

The grants, which range from US$48,000 to US$102,000, are the first to be awarded by the Canadian International Development Research Centre as part of its Research on Knowledge Systems (RoKS) programme.

The money will allow researchers in Asia, Africa and Latin America to explore the changing balance between public and private-sector research funding, and the implications of this shifting balance for developing-country governments and research institutions.

Research topics range from the implications of public-private partnerships in fish genetic research in the Philippines to trends in research and development activities in Tanzania.

The RoKS programme was launched in June 2001 in response to concern that the ways in which knowledge production and use is evolving is still little understood, particularly in developing countries.

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