SAGE Opposes FIRST Act

SAGE LogoLeading social and behavioral sciences publisher SAGE today joined with science associations and American universities in opposing the FIRST Act. This act proposes to cut the funding level for the National Science Foundation’s Directorate of Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences by almost 42 percent and imposes unnecessary and burdensome rules on the proven grant-application procedures and gold-standard merit-review processes overseen by the scholars at the NSF.

On Monday, March 10, members of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, introduced the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology Act of 2014 (FIRST Act) as H.R. 4186. This bill aims to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act, first introduced in 2007 to “invest in innovation through research and development, and to improve the competiveness of the United States.”

However SAGE believes that the FIRST Act of 2014 instead impedes the nation’s goals for development, innovation, and competitiveness, and should be opposed by all members of Congress.

Social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) research plays a vital role in helping the American people to understand the complex human phenomena that impact challenges the nation faces in areas such as health, national security, responding to disasters, and technological innovation.

SAGE encourages supporters of SBE research to join the campaign to oppose any version of the FIRST Act that proposes to cut NSF’s SBE Directorate. Members of Congress can be contacted here via the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) website. We also encourage supporters to join the debate in support of SBE on Twitter, using the hashtag #VoteNoHR4186.

Stay updated on this and other legislation related to federal funding of SBE research on Social Science Space.

This entry was posted in Media, Politics, Publishing, Scholarship, Social Impact, Social Issues, Social Marketing, Social Media and tagged , , , , by Cynthia Nalevanko, Senior Editor, SAGE Publishing. Bookmark the permalink.

About Cynthia Nalevanko, Senior Editor, SAGE Publishing

Founded in 1965, SAGE is the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. Known for our commitment to quality and innovation, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students across a broad range of subject areas. With over 1500 employees globally from principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC, and Melburne, our publishing program includes more than 1000 journals and over 900 books, reference works and databases a year in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and medicine. Believing passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable, SAGE aims to be the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher. This means playing a creative role in society by disseminating teaching and research on a global scale, the cornerstones of which are good, long-term relationships, a focus on our markets, and an ability to combine quality and innovation. Leading authors, editors and societies should feel that SAGE is their natural home: we believe in meeting the range of their needs, and in publishing the best of their work. We are a growing company, and our financial success comes from thinking creatively about our markets and actively responding to the needs of our customers.

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