National Science Foundation Press Release
"New Steps to Enhance Transparency and Accountability at the National Science Foundation." December 3, 2014

NSF SBE Reauthorization
America COMPETES and FIRST Act


NEW: House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Approves the FIRST Act

The America COMPETES and FIRST act of 2014  are two authorization bills for the National Science Foundation (NSF) currently in Congress. The SBE Community is particular troubled by the FIRST act and its implications for the SBE Directorate and its encroachment upon the peer-review system. 


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NSF Political Science Program Funding
National Science Foundation Political Science Program Funding

In March, 2013 Senator Coburn (R-OK) introduced an amendment (SA 65) to H.R. 933 (Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013).

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High Quality Research Act
High Quality Research Act

Jennifer Glass: "Social research funding cuts wound Texas" November 25, 2013. 

Representative Smith (R-TX 21), Chairman, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, has drafted legislation that would significantly restrict the types of research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities

NEW: NHA is seeking support for Senate and House Dear Colleague Letters in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States and provides critical support for research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.   Advancing the NEH and protecting its support for national research programs is one of APSA's top priorities.

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Support for International Education

Support for International Education

Title VI of the Higher Education Act Programs. 

The Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs at the US Department of Education support development of national capacity for international understanding and foreign language education, including supporting National Research Centers, Area Overseas Research Centers, and related programs.

Title VIII of the Soviet-Eastern European Research and Training Act Programs. 
New: APSA joins the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) and others in a letter to Secretary Kerry to restore funding for the Title VIII program. 

Title VIII program at the U.S. Department of State provides American students interested in studying Eastern Europe and Eurasian languages with grants and language training. 

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NSF Funding Increased, Political Science Program Intact in FY 2015 Spending Law

The FY 2015 omnibus spending bill signed into law on December 16, 2014, provides $7.34 billion to the National Science Foundation, an increase of $172 million over FY 2014. The law has no provisions that restrict how funds for political science are used. Earlier report language, included by reference in the law, contains a statement of concern about NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) grants and would prioritize other disciplines for funding that exceeds the President’s requested amount, but the final law does not assign specific funding levels to NSF directorates or curb any SBE programs. Read more about the law and its implications for social sciences in this analysis from the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA). 

Senate Updates

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Schedule for Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, January 29, 2015. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour, with the Democrats controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1, a bill to…

Wrap Up for Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Roll Call Votes Cardin amendment #75 (local water supplier); not agreed to: 37-61. Peters amendment #70 (pipeline safety); not agreed to: 40-58. Sanders amendment #23 (solar panels); not agreed to: 40-58. Cruz amendment #15 (expedited export of natural gas to WTO); not agreed to: 53-45. Moran amendment #73 (prairie chicken); not agreed to: 54-44. Whitehouse…

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Legislative Day Of January 28, 2015 - 12:08:14 P.M.

The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on January 30, 2015.

Legislative Day Of January 28, 2015 - 12:08:13 P.M.

On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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