National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Political Science Program  funds an array of political science research on citizenship, government, and politics, including in subfields such as American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, and political institutions. In addition, the Political Science Program has supported undergraduate research and methodological innovations in the field. The NSF also funds multidisciplinary research projects.

FY20 NSF Appropriations
The National Science Foundation's request for the 2020 fiscal year proposed a severe 10 percent cut to the agency overall and an 11 percent cut to research and related activities from FY19 enacted levels. Congress has strongly rejected the request to cut NSF funding. The House set a high mark for NSF funding overall, proposing $8.6 billion for the agency, a 7 percent increase over FY19. The Senate's legislation includes $8.3 billion for NSF, a 3 percent increase over FY19. The Coalition for National Science Funding sent a letter to the chairs of the appropriations committee urging Congress to appropriate at least $8.6 billion. 


Planned Changes to the Political Science Program at the NSF

In August 2019 APSA expressed concerns over plans to restructure the Political Science program at the National Science Foundation. On August 30, NSF replaced the Political Science program with two new programs entitled Accountable Institutions and Behavior (AIB) and Security and Preparedness (SAP). The agency issued a Dear Colleague letter in September announcing the changes to political science and other programs in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic sciences directorate.

In response to the political science community’s feedback, in October the NSF restored the Political Science program for a year-long transitional period. 


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