With a $100 million program, Peru's prime minister aims to advance scientific research, according to the Nature News Blog. The funds for the program come from the Peruvian government and the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Nature News Blog adds that they will be awarded through a bidding process. Prime Minister Juan Jimenez calls the influx Peru's "most important economic contribution to science, technology and innovation."

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