Government Research Funding Falls for Fourth Year in US

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.

5 years ago
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Senate Appropriators Set Aside $7.5B for NSF

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.

6 years ago
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Omnibus US Funding Bill Smiles on Social Science

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.

6 years ago

SBE Draws Three Flags in Football-Themed Waste Report

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.

6 years ago
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Science Career Survey Question in Peril

UPDATED: The National Science Board hopes it can muster support to save a question in the annual American Community Survey that tells us how many undergrads are taking science and research degrees. And a suite of questions on marriage trends is also facing the ax.

7 years ago