Act Now to Protect Social and Behavioral Sciences Funding at NSF!

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May 28, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives will begin debating H.R. 4660 on Wed., May 28, 2014. Known as FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, it funds many of the nation’s science programs, including the National Science Foundation. 

Although the bill passed the full Appropriations Committee with bipartisan support (see CNSF statement applauding the Appropriations Committee leadership), it is likely to draw amendments on the House floor that could cut NSF funding as a whole; defund specific areas of science; or target individual grants that have already been awarded by NSF in the social and behavioral sciences or education research. 

In parallel, the House Science Committee is in the midst of marking up a bill to reauthorize NSF programs.  At this stage, the bill will cut funding to the NSF SBE Directorate by 42%!  Given this, there is a high likelihood that amendments targeting the social and behavioral sciences as well as education research at NSF could be offered during consideration of the bill to fund NSF. 

Scientists MUST let their elected officials know that investments in NSF research, including social and behavioral sciences and education research, are an important foundation for advancing knowledge relevant to the nation.

Act Now!


Please write your member of Congress following the three simple steps below:

1. Identify your member of Congress:

  • Go to
  • Type your HOME zip code into the box at the upper right (Find your Representative)
  • Click the Representative’s name when it appears on the next page, and you will be directed to their web site.

2.  Locate the "Contact" button on their website

  • Use the form provided. If you have to select an issue area, select "Budget."

3.  Cut and paste the message below:


Dear Representative _________: 

As a constituent and scientist, I am writing to ask for your support of investments in science at the National Science Foundation, including basic science research funded by the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate and the Education and Human Resources Directorate. 

H.R. 4660, the FY 2015 House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, passed the full Appropriations Committee with bipartisan support, thanks to the leadership of Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Ranking Member Chaka Fattah (D-PA). Given the tight fiscal constraints, this is an excellent bill that will provide a small increase in the basic science research funded by NSF. 

I urge you to support the funding levels for NSF that passed the full Appropriations Committee. I also urge you to oppose any amendments that single out particular areas of science or particular grants. Basic science research across all disciplines is needed to advance the fundamental knowledge that benefits this country. 

Thanks for your time. I look forward to hearing back from your office.