FABBS Submits Testimony in Support of NSF Funding

May 23, 2018

FABBS submitted written testimony in support of robust funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The testimony included comments thanking the House Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee Chair, Rep. John Culberson, and Ranking Member, Rep. Jose Serrano, for their support of NSF in the FY 2018 omnibus appropriations bill as well as their support for all sciences funded by NSF.

In its testimony, FABBS applauds the efforts of NSF to support interdisciplinary research through the launch of its Big Ideas, but also urges the Subcommittee to provide an increase in funding to NSF so that support of the Big Ideas does not come at the expense of fundamental research in the Directorates.

FABBS also references the 2017 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report that highlights the value of NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences research to furthering the mission of NSF, in turn laying the foundation for research at agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security. Subcommittee Chairman Culberson had urged NSF to support an independent analysis and report by the NAS.

Read the FABBS testimony here.