The National Science Foundation (NSF) will continue to fund political science research despite orders from Congress to scale back investments in this arena. In a recently announced decision, NSF stated that it will continue to review proposals submitted to the Political Science Program. Review panels will be asked to provide input on whether proposals meet one or both congressionally directed criteria of “promoting national security or the economic interests of the United States.”

In March, Congress approved a law that includes a provision that bars NSF from awarding any grants to political science research unless the agency’s director can certify the grants as in the nation’s economic or security interests. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), a vocal critic of NSF, authored the amendment. The provision will only be in effect until the end of the current fiscal year.


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