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# The pattern of scientific grants awarded by foundations is c

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The pattern of scientific grants awarded by foundations is c [#permalink]  14 Feb 2020, 06:46
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The pattern of scientific grants awarded by foundations is changing as the number of worthy requests grows in the face of cuts in federal spending. Many foundations, formerly willing to fund innovative but risky projects, have begun to support relatively conservative projects only.

From the passage above if can be most reasonably concluded that which of the following was true when the passage was written, as compared to preceding years?

(A) Foundations were being forced to recognize that they could be more effective by granting smaller amounts of money to a greater number of projects.
(B) The decision-makers at foundations tended to be more politically conservative.
(C) Foundations had less money available to support worthwhile projects because of the rising costs of other activities.
(D) Foundations were increasingly allowing decisions about which projects to fund to be based on a reluctance to see projects they supported fail.
(E) Those programs that were more innovative than the ones funded by foundations were supported by the limited federal funds that were still available.

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Re: The pattern of scientific grants awarded by foundations is c [#permalink]  25 Apr 2020, 03:15
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The pattern of scientific grants awarded by foundations is changing as the number of worthy requests grows in the face of cuts in federal spending. Many foundations, formerly willing to fund innovative but risky projects, have begun to support relatively conservative projects only.

From the passage above if can be most reasonably concluded that which of the following was true when the passage was written, as compared to preceding years?

(A) Foundations were being forced to recognize that they could be more effective by granting smaller amounts of money to a greater number of projects.
(B) The decision-makers at foundations tended to be more politically conservative.
(C) Foundations had less money available to support worthwhile projects because of the rising costs of other activities.
(D) Foundations were increasingly allowing decisions about which projects to fund to be based on a reluctance to see projects they supported fail.
(E) Those programs that were more innovative than the ones funded by foundations were supported by the limited federal funds that were still available.

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It is mentioned in the passage that they were opting for supporting more conservative research project, which basically means such that would be less likely to fail.

Now D tell us exactly that "be based on a reluctance to see projects they supported fail"-->telling us, in plain english, they were basing their decisions on not wanting to see projects fail
Re: The pattern of scientific grants awarded by foundations is c   [#permalink] 25 Apr 2020, 03:15
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