The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2014 (FIRST Act) serves as reauthorization legislation for the National Science Foundation (NSF). The bill passed the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology on March 13 and moves on to consideration by the full Committee.
FIRST includes a proposal to cut NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) sciences directorate by $50 million—a 22 percent reduction. The social and behavioral sciences play a vital role in the nation. They contribute significantly to understanding and solving our nation’s economic, health, and security challenges.
Without NSF this Nobel laureate wouldn’t have revolutionized how we think about human decision-making. Here he is on happiness: