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High Quality Research Act - National Science Foundation
I noticed this has not been mentioned yet, so I thought I would.
Since no one was "complaining" about this (DML).
The new chair of the House of Representatives science committee has drafted a
bill that, in effect, would replace peer review at the National Science
Foundation (NSF) with a set of funding criteria chosen by Congress. For good
measure, it would also set in motion a process to determine whether the same
criteria should be adopted by every other federal science agency.
The legislation, being worked up by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX),
represents the latest—and bluntest—attack on NSF by congressional Republicans
seeking to halt what they believe is frivolous and wasteful research being
funded in the social sciences. Last month, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)
successfully attached language to a 2013 spending bill that prohibits NSF from
funding any political science research for the rest of the fiscal year unless
its director certifies that it pertains to economic development or national
security. Smith's draft bill, called the "High Quality Research Act," would
apply similar language to NSF's entire research portfolio across all the
disciplines that it supports.
1) "… in the interests of the United States to advance the national health,
prosperity, or welfare, and to secure the national defense by promoting the
progress of science;
2) "… the finest quality, is groundbreaking, and answers questions or solves
problems that are of utmost importance to society at large; and
3) "… not duplicative of other research projects being funded by the Foundation
or other Federal science agencies."
NSF's current guidelines ask reviewers to consider the "intellectual merit" of
a proposed research project as well as its "broader impacts" on the scientific
community and society.
More can be found here including the pdf link to the discussion draft or Google
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