Letter to the Editor
The “10 billion” cake: National Natural Science Foundation of China
The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) was founded 25 years ago to promote innovation and to provide a mechanism for fair competition. Prior to that, allocation of financial resources to research institutions and programs was largely decided by the government. The establishment of the NSFC gave more power to individual scientists, and represented a major advance in the move towards “democracy” in science.