Academic Funding

Blog posts and resources relating to academic funding in the social sciences. To start a new discussion on academic funding, visit the forum via the above link.

Washington and Social Science: News Bulletin No. 3

Topics this month include a look at Congress clearing the Fiscal Year 2017 budget- and rejecting the Trump-proposed cuts to NSF and NIH funding, and what’s next for the science community after the heralded March for Science.

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NSF Escapes Attention in First Draft of Trump Budget

The first swipe at a federal budget from the Donald Trump White House does not mention the National Science Foundation, which is the largest single funder of university-based social science in the United States.

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Washington and Social Science: News Bulletin

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.

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Archived Webinar: Social Science in the Age of Trump

In the hour-long recorded conversation with Social Science Space editor Michael Todd, COSSA’s Wendy Naus discusses what individual social science scholars, students and their academic societies can do if they feel threatened by the currents in Washington, D.C.

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The How, and Who, of Federal Social Science Funding

With a large portion of social and behavioral science basic research paid for by the United States government, how the funding process works and who makes the decisions is of vital interest. Here’s a primer on the process and list of key players in the 115th Congress. Plus, sign up for a webinar on the issue!

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New Administration Stokes Old Fears for Social Scientists

Given the historic antipathy that a few members of the Republican Party have had for social and behavioral science, researchers are just a bit anxious about what the new administration may bring – and with reason, according to one observer.

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UNC Chapel Hill Tops for Federal Social Science Funding

The Consortium of Social Science Associations has released its 2017 College and University Rankings for Federal Social and Behavioral Science R&D, which highlights the top university recipients of research dollars in the social and behavioral sciences.

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Cory Gardner

NSF Policy Bill, Without Budget Authorization, Looks Likely to Pass

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.

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