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Federal Research Environment for Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities

A Presentation to UC RiversideKaitlin Chell and Karen MowrerLewis-Burke Associates, LLCJanuary 2014 1Lewis-Burke Associates, LLCis a leadingfull-service government relations firm specializing in advocating for the public policy interests of institutions of higher education and other researchand education organizations

Began working with UC Riverside in November 201223 professional staff members26 clients, all nonprofits involved in research and/or education15 universities3 contractors running national research facilities8 associations

Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC22National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)Funding for: Fellowships/Seminars, institutional Challenge Grants, Digital Humanities, public programsMajor themes and programsWe the People (focus on U.S. culture and history) and Digital Humanities remain popular with CongressBridging Cultures, created by former Chairman Jim Leach, has not been embraced by CongressNEH has been interested in funding across regions and various institutions- community colleges, HBCUs, and HSIs Some funding difficulties (humanities is a nice to have not a must have), but culture wars are largely over. New battle- why should the federal government fund the humanities and not private foundations? New Chairman?Programs are organized across DivisionsEducation programsPreservation and Access Public ProgramsResearch ProgramsChallenge GrantsDigital HumanitiesProgram officers are open to providing feedback on grant applications 33Funding for: Art Works, Challenge America, Our TownNew Chairman may have new prioritiesCurrent effort to partner with other agencies (e.g. Arts and Human Development with HHS) and demonstration of the creation of jobs through community arts organizations

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)4Institute for Museum and Library Studies (IMLS)Grants for library/museum operations; not research Funding for: training for librarians; developing programs to serve middle/high school students (e.g., technology access)Like NEH, support for digital efforts (e.g., Digging into Data Challenge computationally intensive research in the humanities and social sciences)Smithsonian InstitutionDoes not support projects independent of itselfBUT opportunity to collaborateCommunity Grants Program; Fellowship Program

IMLS & Smithsonian5National Science Foundation-SBENSF funds basic STEM research This includes social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) research as well as education research NSF is one of the largest federal funders of SBE research, with DOE, DOD, and NOAA wanting to partner with NSF SBE sciences have found their way into several programs across NSF, including large-scale trans-NSF initiatives that involved nearly all parts of the Foundation (INSPIRE, SEES); trend likely to continueNSF SBE increased scrutiny from Capitol Hill NSF 2013 report: Bringing People into Focus: How Social, Behavioral and Economic Research Addresses National ChallengesSenator Coburn (R-OK) amendment de-scoped political science in FY 2013; projects must promote the national security or economic interests of the United States.

6National Science Foundation-SBE (contd)In 2011, SBE released a strategic plan, Rebuilding the Mosaic, which represents a vision for SBE sciences at NSF over the next decademajor theme is interdisciplinary researchSBE research programs are organized into two main divisions: Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) and Social and Economic Sciences (SES)BCS: Archaeology and Archaeometry; Biological Anthropology; Cognitive Neuroscience; Cultural Anthropology; Developmental and Learning Sciences; Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems; Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases; Linguistics; Social PsychologySES: Decision, Risk and Management Sciences; Economics; Law and Social Sciences; Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics; Political Science; Science of Organizations; Sociology

7Department of JusticeProvides funding for states and communities for research, training, technical assistance, and implementation of programs that improve the criminal justice systemThree DOJ offices provide grants for state law enforcement as well as research: the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and the Community Oriented Policing Services Office (COPS)National Institute of Justice (NIJ): Strategic Goals: (1) fostering science-based criminal justice practice; (2) translating knowledge to practice; (3) advancing technology; (4) working across disciplines; and (5) adopting a global perspective. New Sentinel Events Initiative in FY 2014: Review process of criminal justice system errors; the goal is to test the viability of implementing a non-blaming, forward-thinking, all-stakeholders approach to improving the functioning of the justice systemEach of these three offices typically release new solicitations in the first three months of the calendar year

88Urban Opportunity/HUDMuch hope for Obama to focus on urban policy, but political and budget environment forcing urban issues to take a backseatDespite this, Obama still seeks funding for comprehensive solutions, with mixed results: HUDs Sustainable Communities (rebranded Integrated Planning and Investment Grants for FY 2014, not funded since FY 2011)HUDs Choice Neighborhoods (continuum of HOPE VI program, not fully funded)EDs Promise Neighborhoods (not fully funded)CNCS Social Innovation Fund (not fully funded)White House looking to use Executive Orders and other mechanisms to drive policy (HUD SC2)With announcement of Detroit bankruptcy, renewed focus from urban policy leaders on lack of urban agendacould inspire a White House to reinvigorate efforts to build legacy

9Department of DefenseSignature social sciences funding opportunitiesCross DOD - Human Social Cultural Behavioral Modeling (~$20 million)Minerva Program (basic research)The Minerva Initiative is DODs primary social science research initiativeMinerva solicits projects that help DOD better understand the regions, cultures, and geopolitical environments in which it operates U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social SciencesARO - Cultural and Behavioral, Institutional and Organizational Science

10Looking ForwardUniversities have to adjust to changing science bureaucracy in a flat budget environment

Social science research likely to remain a target in Congress

Increased compliance burden continues

Advisory committees still key to determining and influencing agency policy and research directions; especially NSF SBE

11ContactKaitlin ChellLewis-Burke Associates LLC1341 G Street, NWEighth FloorWashington, D.C. 20005e: kaitlin@lewis-burke.com p: 202.289.7475f: 202.289.7454www.lewis-burke.com 12


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