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NSF Political Science Program Funding
NSF Political Science Program Funding

 

The National Science Foundation provides critical funding for political science research. NSF includes a political science program within the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) directorate and also funds interdisciplinary projects. Advancing the NSF and protecting its support for national research programs is one of APSA's top priorities.

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On December 18, 2015, Congress approved an omnibus appropriations package for FY16. The bill includes $7.463 billion in appropriations for the NSF, about $120 million above the FY15 level. The explanatory statement for the bill specifies that funding for the SBE directorate “shall be up to” the FY15 level, in place of the earlier House language that would have resulted in heavy cuts to SBE.

 

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National Endowment for the Humanities
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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The FY 16 omnibus agreement passed by Congress on December 18 funds the NEH at the President's request of $147.9 million, an increase of $1.9 million from FY15. 

 

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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. APSA is a sponsoring member of the Coalition for International Education (CIE) to advocate for these issues.

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The FY 16 omnibus agreement passed by Congress on December 18 provides $65.103 million for HEA-Title VI and $7.061 million for Fulbright-Hays, the same as FY15 levels and under the President’s request for $67.103 million and $9.061 million, respectively.

 

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Congress Approves Spending Agreement  

On December 18, Congress approved an omnibus appropriations package for FY16. The bill includes $7.463 billion in appropriations for the National Science Foundation, about $120 million above the FY15 level and $260 million below the President’s budget request. The explanatory statement for the bill specifies that funding for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) directorate “shall be up to” the FY15 level, in place of earlier House language that would have resulted in heavy cuts to SBE. The bill funds NSF’s Research and Related Activities Account at $6.033 billion, an increase of $100 million compared to FY15 appropriations. The bill also provides $147.9 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, which is the same as the President’s request and $1.9 million over the FY15 level. It provides $65.103 million for HEA-Title VI and $7.061 million for Fulbright-Hays, the same as FY15 levels and under the President’s request for $67.103 million and $9.061 million, respectively.


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