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.
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