APA asks psychologists to ‘stand for science’

With budget cuts in sight, APA is urging members to let Congress know the critical importance of maintaining psychological research funding at the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

APA is urging psychologists to let their elected officials in Congress know they need to “stand for science” by voting against any legislation that threatens scientific peer review, individual research grants and entire programs of social and behavioral science at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Watch and share the APA Science Government Relations Office’s three-minute video advocacy alert:

Upcoming bills to reauthorize NSF’s programs and merit review system, as well as those to fund fiscal year 2014 operations at NSF and other federal science agencies, are likely to be detrimental to social and behavioral research. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, specifically threatened funding in a Sept. 30 USA Today opinion piece, stating that they “have recently seen far too many questionable grants, especially in the social, behavioral and economic sciences” funded by NSF. Smith’s committee is expected to introduce the NSF reauthorization legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives in October.

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