AERA ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Oppose the FIRST Act!

May 19, 2014
[Please note, this action alert is no longer active]

Dear AERA Members:

I am writing to share this Action Alert with you from the Consortium of Social Science Associations—one of AERA's key coalitional partners.

We urge you to take steps to let your representatives know immediately that there is no place in the reauthorization process for politicizing support for science. The National Science Foundation merits a reauthorization bill that does not intrude on how science is funded or the competitive review process related to how priorities are set.

Thanks in advance. If you write, we would value your letting us know at

Best wishes,

Felice J. Levine, PhD
Executive Director

The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2014 (FIRST Act) seeks to cut the National Science Foundation's Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) sciences directorate by more than $50 million—over 22 percent. The bill would also undermine NSF's merit review process be proposing to micromanage and politicize the grant-making process.  

The FIRST Act will be considered by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on Wednesday, May 21.  Write to your Member of Congress now and ask that they oppose the FIRST Act!

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