NSF funding bill headed to the floor for a vote
Amendments are likely to be offered that would substitute political review for peer review by removing funding for current, merit-reviewed individual grants and eliminating the SBE Directorate entirely
The Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill, which funds the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Fiscal Year 2012, is slated to come up for a vote on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives during the first week of August, 2011. SPIN has chronicled ongoing attacks from members of Congress on the behavioral and social sciences funded at NSF, and it is likely that amendments will be offered to the CJS appropriations bill that would substitute political review for peer review by: removing funding for current, merit-reviewed individual NSF grants; eliminating the SBE Directorate entirely; and/or forcing "across-the-board" cuts to all federal agencies in the bill (including NSF) to fund other programs. During the “mark-up” of the bill before it passed through the full committee, one amendment was accepted that would make an “across-the-board” cut to all of the agencies in the bill (including NSF, which would lose $6.9 million as a result). It is APA’s position that any further cuts to the NSF Fiscal Year 2012 level of support are unacceptable and we have activated our APA member grassroots advocacy efforts to encourage House members to stand by NSF and its SBE Directorate in particular.