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Research Alert News April 5, 2000
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RESEARCH PRIZES AND HONORS
STATE AND NATIONAL NEWS
PRIORITY URGED FOR SCIENCE AND MATH EDUCATION: AIP and four of its Member Societies joined nearly 20 other professional societies in a statement calling on policymakers to support improved K-12 science, math and technology education. Congress is already busy with education; while House committees considered the FY 2001 request for K-12 education programs, a Senate committee has passed a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
REQUEST FOR DOE SCIENCE PROGRAMS CONSIDERED: The budget request for DOE's Office of Science came under review by two House panels in March. Energy and Water Development chairman Ron Packard (R-CA) cautioned that the available money would be "very close to level funding." Questions were raised regarding the status of Spallation Neutron Source construction, and the need to shut user facilities or reduce running times because of funding constraints and higher priorities. Several Members expressed concern over the requested budget for fusion.
EFFORTS ACHIEVE $1 BILLION INCREASE FOR R&D IN BUDGET RESOLUTION: The House last week approved a plan to give general science spending a $1 billion increase in the FY 2001 budget resolution. Efforts to urge strong funding levels for science were spearheaded by several Members of Congress including physicists Vern Ehlers (R-MI) and Rush Holt (D-NJ), as well as by industry leaders. See also http://www.aip.org/enews/fyi/2000/fyi00.036.htm
HEARINGS REVIEW NASA BUDGET AND PERFORMANCE: Also under the congressional microscope were NASA's FY 2001 request and recent problems and mission failures. Agency head Dan Goldin testified that while his "'faster, better, cheaper' concept is absolutely okay," too much emphasis may have been placed on cutting costs. House VA/HUD appropriators offered their continued "strong support" but warned that funding may be tight again this year.
CONGRESS LOOKS AT FY 2001 DEFENSE S&T BUDGET: Members of congressional Armed Services subcommittees expressed great concern with the level of funding for R&D in the Defense Department, but also acknowledged the funding deficiencies in other areas of the defense budget, ranging from replacing aging ships and planes to recruitment and retention needs.
IMPORTANT UNIVERSITY RESEARCH DEADLINES
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Enhancing Infrastructure for the Social and Behavioral Sciences This competition aims to create or extend innovative large-scale infrastructure projects that promise widely spread support to social and behavioral scientists. Challenging questions abound in the social and behavioral sciences that require new infrastructure for their study. The capabilities of the World Wide Web offer new power to bring data, researchers, and experimental facilities together electronically.
Infrastructure projects may be designed to collect new data and organize
them into accessible databases; to create Web-based data archiving systems;
to create Web-based
collaborations; to establish Center programs; or some combination of these.
Information Dissemination Activities
Demonstration and Intervention Projects
Capacity Building within Community Colleges
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
Preventing Childhood Injuries in Primary Pediatric Care, National Institute
of Child Health and Human Development
Shared Pathology Informatics Network, National Cancer Institute
Innovations in Translational Epilepsy Research for Junior Investigators,
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Research on Mental Disorders in Rural and Frontier Populations, National
Institute of Mental Health
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Aerospace Composite Materials
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Longitudinal Evaluation of the Effectiveness of School Interventions
ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES
International Performance Assistance in Music (Pilot Project), Canada
Council for the Arts Music Section Programs NOTE: For Canadian Citizens
Arts and Culture, Bank of America Foundation
OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
General Foundation Awards, Research Corporation
enhance science research or bear on of the infrastructure of science
Cottrell Scholars Awards: younger faculty members who wish to excel at both
teaching and research, the awards aim to help the holders become
outstanding scientists and educators
Research Grant, Haynes Foundation: research on major economic, social, and
political problems, preferring studies that add to the knowledge and
understanding of complex issues in the greater Los Angeles area
Health Care Delivery and Policy Research Contracts, National Multiple