Oh No, My Research Project on the Culture and Social Norms of Museum Lawyers Is In Big Trouble!

by John Sides on September 11, 2013 · 5 comments

in National Science Foundation


Step One: Look for Questionable Grants
Click here to open the National Science Foundation website. In the “Search Award For” field, try some keywords, such as: success, culture, media, games, social norm, lawyers, museum, leisure, stimulus, etc. to bring up grants. If you find a grant that you believe is a waste of your tax dollars, be sure to record the award number.

Step Two: Submit Award Numbers
Use this form to submit the award numbers of grants that you believe are wasteful; we will publish a report outlining the grants identified by the YouCut community.

Those are the instructions on Rep. Eric Cantor’s “YouCut” page for the National Science Foundation.  I invite readers to enter their names and an award number, but then in the comments section provided, tell Rep. Cantor and Rep. Smith why this is a great award.

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Chris Smith September 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Here’s the comment I added:

“This is a blatant, pandering, know-nothing, cowardly bit of rabble-rousing from a House Majority who’ve shown they are capable of nothing else–certainly not governing. Well played, you pipsqueaks…well played.”

idiot September 12, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Indeed. We should just abolish democracy and let political scientists steal whatever money they need to fund whatever projects they want, because…um…they know more than the people who elected these representatives?

Jeff September 12, 2013 at 11:09 am

How about you academics try to get funding from the private sector by listing your research projects on a site like http://www.kickstarter.com? Catherine Mulbrandon had a very successful run for her “Illustrated Guide to Income in the United States” – http://www.visualizingeconomics.com.

John Sides September 12, 2013 at 11:26 am

Jeff: That’s a great idea. Let’s see, in this fiscal year, the NSF budget was about $7 billion. And in the past 4 years, projects on Kickstarter have raised $782 million. So in 4 years Kickstarter has generate one-tenth of the NSF budget for 1 year (and mostly for projects that don’t have anything to do with science). Clearly, the private sector is going to work out great for “us academics.”

In a less sarcastic vein, see Henry’s old post on the problems in relying on the private sector to fund scientific research.

jrkrideau September 16, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I now believe in reincarnation; I had thought that Senator Proxmire was dead.

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