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By Mark Vieth | Published: March 7, 2017
Starting this month Social Science Space will begin offering monthly updates on U.S. government actions that affect the social and behavioral sciences. In this first edition, we look at reauthorization of funding for the National Science Foundation, the effect of an Obamacare repeal on social science, and concerns for the American Community Survey and GIS data on housing.
By Howard J. Silver | Published: February 1, 2017
Our Howard Silver looks over some of the personnel changes and rhetoric coming from the White House to see what lies down the road for U.S. government support of social and behavioral science and data collection.
By Social Science Space | Published: December 7, 2016
UPDATED WITH HOUSE PASSAGE: A bill that was the latest version of the beloved America COMPETES -- but which no longer authorizes funding for key federal science research agencies -- looks likely to land on the president's desk. The new version has lost a particularly toxic aspect of earlier versions.
By Howard J. Silver | Published: December 2, 2016
Erich Bloch was the first non-academic to serve as director of the NSF. Although a computer engineer by background, he recognized the value of the social and behavioral sciences.
By National Science Foundation | Published: November 22, 2016
For the fourth straight year, federal funding for research and development at institutions of higher education decreased in absolute terms, according to a new brief on the 2015 fiscal year the National Science Foundation released last week. Despite that overall fall, research and development funding for psychology and for fields identified as social science increased from 2014 to 2015.
By Social Science Space | Published: April 19, 2016
In a hearing before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on science spending Tuesday, the National Science Foundation’s budget was listed as $7.51 billion -- $46 million above the same figure for the current fiscal year, but lower than what President Obama had asked for.
By Social Science Space | Published: February 10, 2016
Legislation that requires that future grants made by the National Science Foundation meet a test for being in the 'national interest' passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
By Social Science Space | Published: December 16, 2015
UPDATED with COSSA analysis: Social and behavioral science funded by the U.S. government appears to have received an early Christmas present as leaders in the House of Representatives unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the federal enterprise funded in 2016.
By Social Science Space | Published: December 2, 2015
Picking up where Tom Coburn left off, the new U.S. senator from Oklahoma has released a punny compendium of what he sees as wasteful federal spending , including the inevitable shots at social and behavioral science grants.
By Michael Todd, Social Science Space editor | Published: July 31, 2015
In February officials with the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Science Board trooped up Capitol Hill to present the NSF and NIST budget requests to the House of Representatives committee that oversees science and technology spending. On that day, the chairman of the House panel, Texas Republican […]
By Social Science Space | Published: June 11, 2015
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has pushed a bill that deprecates federal research spending for social science to the Senate as a whole.
By Michael Todd, Social Science Space editor | Published: February 26, 2015
Social science's raise in the White House's proposed National Science Foundation budget raises some Republican eyebrows.