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German institutions given budget freedoms

A German freedom of science law, which gives public research institutions more freedom on how to spend their budgets, came into force last month.

The law increases the autonomy of government-funded research institutions to hire staff, construct buildings and collaborate with other institutions. Previously, such decisions had to be taken in close cooperation with the government. The move will make research institutions more competitive by enabling them to make such decisions quickly and independently. It is also expected to simplify funding and reduce bureaucracy, the government said.

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