Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) Examines Details of the Proposed Federal Budget for Fiscal Year 2018

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On March 16, the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) released an overview of the preliminary details of the proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2018.

Currently, the early budget proposal includes only a few of the larger agencies, as well as cabinet-level departments. While COSSA makes clear that the budget process is still in its early stages, they analyze how proposed cuts would positively or negatively impact individual departments and agencies of the government. The early version of the budget increases defense spending and suggests cuts in areas such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

NCFR is a member of COSSA. COSSA is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to promote sustainable federal funding for and widespread use of social and behavioral science research and federal policies that positively impact the conduct of research. COSSA serves as a united voice for a broad, diverse network of organizations, institutions, communities, and stakeholders who care about a successful and vibrant social science research enterprise. The COSSA membership includes professional and disciplinary associations, scientific societies, research centers and institutes, and U.S. colleges and universities.

Full budget details are expected to be released in May.

Read more here (pdf).

*Correction: The March 22 edition of NCFR's Zippy News email newsletter incorrectly stated that 10% of the National Science Foundation's budget could be cut, per the preliminary 2018 budget request. The National Science Foundation was not singularly identified, but rather grouped in the "Other Agencies" category in the budget; that group of agencies, collectively, was slated in the preliminary budget for a 10% cut, which does not necessarily signify a 10% cut to NSF's budget.