Policy ForumSocial Science

A U.K. View on the U.S. Attack on Social Sciences

Science  16 Aug 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6147, pp. 719
DOI: 10.1126/science.1242563

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Social science is under attack in the United States. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is prohibited from funding political science, except for grants identified by its director as “promoting national security or the economic interests of the United States.” The High Quality Research Act is being drafted with the aim of guarding against “questionable projects” at NSF. A bill was proposed that would exclude health economics research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Such developments provide cause for concern.