The United States is not alone in pursuing an economic stimulus package, nor is the United States alone in viewing science as an important component of economic recovery. The United Kingdom (UK) has been working to develop its own economic stimulus plan, and the agency responsible for science, technology, and higher education is pushing for a 1 billion pound investment in science. The Department for Innovation, Universities, and Skills is hoping to follow the example of the United States by funding scientific research and building new labs. Some leaders in the European science community believe that unless the UK increases funding for scientists, especially graduate students and early career scientists, the UK may experience a brain drain to the United States. The UK economic stimulus plan is expected in early April.
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