Science policy

NSF requires that institutions report findings of harassment and suspensions in its funded labs and field sites

NSF starts requiring that institutions report findings of harassment and suspensions in its funded labs and field sites, and reminds institutions that it can pull funding where necessary.

Research advocates push back on Trump proposal but don't see imminent cuts to university research in Congress

Lawmakers show renewed interest in examining how reimbursements for federally funded research are made to universities but don't yet endorse dramatically lower flat rate outlined in Trump budget.

Making a case in the streets for federal support for science

Researchers, academics say communicating about importance of federal funding key to march success.

NSF warns universities on harassment policies

Agency warns that it may terminate funding to institutions that don't follow the law.

Social scientists are alarmed by new legislation on NSF grants

Researchers object to powerful lawmaker's bill that would require NSF to stipulate how each award relates to "national interest."

House committee draws criticism again for proposed cuts to social sciences

Bill to set spending targets for science agencies has modest overall increases, but cuts for social sciences and energy research.

Budget proposal includes increase in research funding

President Obama's 2016 budget proposal includes nearly across-the-board increases for research, with heavy focus on biomedical sciences, climate change, advanced manufacturing and STEM education.

House passes NSF funding bill that takes slap at social sciences

U.S. House passes funding bill that would increase overall support for NSF, but send a message of disdain for some social science research.

Higher education braces for a government shutdown and more fiscal fights

Higher education likely to feel only mild effects from possible government shutdown next week, but advocates for colleges are bracing for larger funding battles.

As effects of sequester take effect, scientists worry about future of research

Across-the-board spending cuts are prompting scientists across the country to lay off staff, close laboratories and scramble for other sources of funding. Another round of reductions is slated to take effect in the coming fiscal year. 

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