Blooms in the desert
But new developments are giving Arab scientists just cause for optimism. Throughout the region, spending on research and development (R&D) is on the rise — admittedly from a very low level.
And later this month, scientists will meet in the United Arab Emirates to set the agenda for a foundation that plans to award peer-reviewed grants to the region’s researchers. There is also talk of establishing a fund to build scientific capacity across the entire family of Muslim nations.
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Reference: Nature 416, 120 (2002)