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Protecting the SBE Sciences at the National Science Foundation

2014

COSSA Letter to Chairwoman Johnson regarding the FIRST Act

COSSA Letter to Rep. Lipinski regarding the FIRST Act

Take Action - Tell Congress to Oppose the FIRST Act!

Tell your Representative to object to the FIRST Act’s massive cuts to social science and other restrictions on NSF, which will decimate federal support for critical programs and undermine the merit review process. Subscribe to COSSA's alerts

AAU Statement on Introduction of FIRST Act

General Principles Regarding Federal Support for Basic Scientific Research

 

2013

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and COSSA Executive Director Howard J. Silver

Senator Elizabeth Warren and COSSA Executive Howard J. Silver

Senator Elizabeth Warren's Remarks at COSSA's 2013 Colloquium on Social and Behavioral Science and Public Policy: Societal, Technological, and Scientific Changes

Interorganizational Letter to Chairman Lamar Smith on SBE Research

Statement by AAU Executive Committee On Support For The Social And Behavioral Sciences

Budget Cuts and the Politics of Research - Sandra Hoffert (Baltimore Sun)

Political Science Research Offers Better Democracy - Robert Putnam (Politco)

Defunding SBE - Richard Lempert

The Congressional War on the Social Sciences - Kenneth Prewitt

General Principles Regarding Federal Support for Basic Scientific Research

CNSF's Letter to Chairman Smith in support of NSF's Merit Review

NSF Directors' and National Science Board Chairs' Letter to Reps. Smith and Johnson

NSF's Assistant Directors' Letter to Reps. Smith and Johnson regarding the High Quality Research Act

Is Any Science Safe - Kenneth Prewitt (Science Editoral - 3 MAY 2013)

White House Vigorously Defends Science Against Congressional AttacksGeneralPrinciplesRegardingFederalSupportforBasicScientificResearch

White House OSTP Director John P. Holdren's remarks at the AAAS S&T Symposium - May 2, 2013 -
(View via C-SPAN)

U.S. Lawmaker Proposes New Criteria for Choosing NSF Grants

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson's Letter to Rep. Lamar Smith regarding his Letter to NSF

Rep. Lamar Smith's Letter to NSF Acting Director Cora Marrett

High Quality Research Act

Cover of NSF brochure showing people and the headline bringing people into focus

National Science Foundation-Funded Social Science Research Directly Benefits Americans (download report)

COSSA Executive Director FY 2014 Testimony on behalf of the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Justice, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (Testimony)

2012

COSSA's Letter to the Senate on behalf of the NSF's Political Science Program

Roll Call: Research Cuts Are Akin to Eating Seed Corn

Washington Post: Jeff Flake’s plan to politicize the National Science Foundation

House Passes CJS Spending Bill: Amendments Eliminate NSF Political Science Program and American Community Survey (COSSA Washington Update)

On May 9th the House voted 218-208 in support of an amendment by Rep. Jeff Flake (AZ) to prohibit NSF from spending appropriated funds on the political science program and 232-190 supporting a second amendment offered by Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) to eliminate the American Community Survey.

Flake Amendment roll call vote

Webster Amendment roll call vote

May 9th Congressional record of floor debate -- The ACS discussion is on p. H2505 (3rd Column) to H 2509 (3rd Column). The NSF discussion is on H 2543 (1st Column) to H 2544 (1st Column).

2011

"Social Science, Spared Again"

Kenneth Prewitt

SCIENCE Magazine Editoral by COSSA's President, Kenneth Prewitt

The Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) at the National Science Foundation face potential threats from those in Congress who do not appreciate their contributions to American science and public policy.   COSSA has organized and mobilized responses to that threat.  We hope you can join us.  The following are resources for your contribution to the effort. SST NSF Hearing

House Subcommittee on Research and Science Education Holds Hearing: Social, Behavioral and Economic Science Research:  Oversight of the Need for Federal Investments and Priorities for Funding. (more)

 

COSSA Organizes and Mobilizes Responses to Threat to SBE at NSF

The Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) at the National Science Foundation face potential threats from those in Congress who do not appreciate their contributions to American science and public policy.   COSSA has organized and mobilized responses to that threat.  We hope you can join us.  The following are resources for your contribution to the effort.

House Appropriations Committee Marks Up

There were no amendments regarding the SBE Directorate during the consideration of the FY 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill, which includes NSF, by the House Appropriations Committee on July 13.

NSF would be affected by an across-the-board cut of 0.1 percent of all programs in the bill to add money to NOAA’s Operations and Research.   NSF’s overall appropriations would decrease by $6.9 million.

Now it is on to the floor.  The House has cancelled its break next week, so that it is now more likely that the bill will be on the House floor before the August recess, most likely the week of August 1.

Resources

Intersociety Letter to House Appropriators

Examples from Economics Research

Examples from Political Science Research

Examples of Vital Research Funded by the NSF Law and Social Science Division

Linguistic Society Letter

Contributions of NSF-funded Research in Developmental Science

Myron Gutmann's Testimony to House Science Committee

Hilary Elfenbein's Testimony to House Science Committee

COSSA Letter to Research Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Mo Brooks

Social, Behavioral and Economic Research in the Federal Context

The Unexamined Society - David Brooks, NYTimes.com

How to Contact Congress

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