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NSF Getting Smaller 2020 Raise Than Anticipated
Academic Funding
December 17, 2019

NSF Getting Smaller 2020 Raise Than Anticipated

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Opportunity: NSF Seeks Social Science Research on STEM
Academic Funding
December 10, 2019

Opportunity: NSF Seeks Social Science Research on STEM

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Opportunity: Over $30 Million in Awards to Improve Healthy Longevity
Academic Funding
November 5, 2019

Opportunity: Over $30 Million in Awards to Improve Healthy Longevity

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The Perils of Industry Funded Research
Academic Funding
November 4, 2019

The Perils of Industry Funded Research

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Research on Research

Research on Research

With the advent of the new Research on Research Institute, our Robert Dingwall notes that while research on research fills a gap in the world of knowledge. However, it is important not to confuse it with the research enterprise itself or to assume that this will benefit from being made so planned, rational and evidence-based that the result is to squeeze innovation out of the system.

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Don’t Just Publish and Hope – Get Creative to Have Impact

Don’t Just Publish and Hope – Get Creative to Have Impact

Sorry, but academic publications in themselves are less likely to merit impact, though; if researchers want to reach beyond the ivy tower of academia, there are certain steps they can take. Why not consider a campaign? Toby Green discusses the imperative to ensure that researchers are seeking and finding proper audiences if they intend to cause impact. Researchers who do so will be more visible, and they’re more likely to win grants.

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Senate Appropriators OK 3 Percent Increase in NSF Budget

Senate Appropriators OK 3 Percent Increase in NSF Budget

UPDATED: The U.S. Senate committee that oversees funding for the National Science Foundation, and with that most of the federal money spent on basic social and behavioral science research, today approved a 2020 budget that increases NSF spending by $242 million compared to the current fiscal year. The bill must still pass the full Senate, and be reconciled with a more generous House version.

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Whats Next for National Impact and Knowledge Exchange Policies?

Whats Next for National Impact and Knowledge Exchange Policies?

Showing impact is a question of timescales as well as metrics. If you invest in research you are likely to see success in high-quality research outputs such as publications, as the UK has demonstrated in the past couple of decades. But it’s harder to demonstrate innovation and it takes longer.

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Trans-Atlantic Approaches to Impact and Knowledge Exchange

Trans-Atlantic Approaches to Impact and Knowledge Exchange

For this fifth article in the series of measuring impact, Louis Coiffait spoke to two leading UK experts who also know other countries; Dr Hamish McAlpine, head of knowledge exchange data and evidence at Research England, and Sean Fielding, director of innovation, impact and business at the University of Exeter, and also the chair of the UK national knowledge exchange association, PraxisAuril.

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Washington and Social Science: Paring the Education Department?

Washington and Social Science: Paring the Education Department?

As details emerged on March 11 about the president’s fiscal year 2020 budget, it became increasingly clear that science funding would once again be targeted for significant spending cuts. But a new target also emerged – federal spending on education.

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Trump Administration Requests 12 Percent Cut to NSF Budget

Trump Administration Requests 12 Percent Cut to NSF Budget

The two federal agencies that spend the most on making grants to social and behavioral science research in the United States, both have their budgets shaved by an eighth in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal released by the Trump administration earlier this month. But the move is more symbolic than substantive.

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Washington and Social Science: NSF Allocation Above FY18

Washington and Social Science: NSF Allocation Above FY18

The final agreement ending the most recent U.S. government shutdown provides $8.1 billion for the National Science Foundation, a $301 million increase over the amount appropriated in fiscal year 2018.

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