In the book Flowers for Algernon, where does it mention "earmarking"?

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Earmarking is the practice of setting aside money for a certain purpose.  Charlie writes about earmarking in his August 11 Progress Report. 

In that Progress Report, Charlie attends a cocktail party put on by Professor Nemur's wife.  Professor Nemur, of course, is there, as are Dr. Strauss and Burt.  During the evening, the group gets into a conversation with George Raynor, who is from the Welberg Foundation, the organization that is funding the research being done at Beekman University on artificial intelligence.

Dr. Strauss brings up his concerns about getting the money to continue the experiment, telling Mr. Raynor,

"The problem...is getting sufficient funds to work on projects like these, without having strings tied to the money.  When amounts are earmarked for specific purposes, we can't really operate".

The Foundation wants some assurance that the results of the experiment will result in a breakthrough that can eventually be used to help retarded individuals on a large scale, and is reluctant to earmark the money unless that criteria is met.  Mr. Raynor explains that "the real problem is convincing the board that (the type of research that is being done at Beekman) has practical value".  The point Dr. Strauss is trying to make, however, is that "no one can know in advance if a project is going to result in something useful".  He says that even if the results of the research are negative, something new and valuable is learned that will be helpful in directing the course of further research in the area (August 11).