ARMENIA BUCKS TREND
While Russia's competitive grants agencies are struggling (see p. 319), one former Soviet republic seems to be on the right track: Armenia is taking its baby steps in peer-reviewed research. Next month, a new outfit, the National Foundation of Science and Advanced Technologies (NFSAT), will award 10 15-month grants to Armenian-U.S. projects in areas such as biosensors and cocaine antagonists. NFSAT's $300,000 endowment, from the U.S. Agency for International Development, will see it through the end of 1999. "Crucial for the future," says NFSAT chair Harutyun Karapetyan, will be donations from the active community of Armenians living abroad.
Contributors: Nigel Williams, Richard Stone