ONCE AGAIN WE EXPECT FEDERAL GRANT FUNDING TO DIMINISH WITH ANY NEW BUDGET
Now that the repeal of Obamacare effort has ended for the moment, two Congressional battles are on the horizon. Congress is attempting to pass spending bills and to raise the national debt. Deadlines for both have come and gone with no approved budget in place.
The new fiscal year for budgets to keep the many arms of the federal government functioning was October 1. However, the House and the Senate are not in agreement on how and where to cut the budget and reduce spending. Discretionary spending is probably the place they will look to first. Discretionary spending includes all the federal agencies that we currently rely on to fund grants. It also includes all other non-mandatory congressionally approved funding. When Congress funds a federal agency, it is funding the infrastructure of that agency as well as that agency’s fund distributions to support its programs and interests. Since it is unlikely most of the agencies can function without personnel and a place to work, the probability of reduced program funding is extant.
For the past ten years, Congress has worked outside the regular budgeting process and the result has been that comprehensive stop-gap spending bills have been passed to cover the remainder of the fiscal year. Even if the two chambers were to pass all the necessary spending measures, additional time would be needed for the House and Senate to resolve the differences between their spending bills, approve the final products and send them to the White House for signature. Making the budget situation even more fraught is the determination of some of Congress to revise the tax code.
As has been the case for many years now, we are unlikely to know what the available funding for the NSF, NIH, and other federal agencies will look like for some time. It is time to start looking at non-federal and non-traditional sources for support.
Professor of Russian Dan Davidson has received notice of award from the National Security Education Program Language Flagship Grants for his African Languages 2018 project in the amount of $629,422.
Professor of Russian Tim Harte has been notified of a grant in the amount of $122,350.66 by the National Security Education Program to support the Annual Meeting of the Flagship Program.
Assistant Professor of Physics David Schaffner has been awarded a grant of $150,000 by the Department of Energy to support his "Collaborative Research: Correlation study of magnetic and density fluctuations in magnetohydrodynamic turbulent laboratory plasma simulation."
Associate Professor of History of Art Alicia Walker has been Awarded $19,750 by the Advance Liberal Arts Colleges to support a workshop on "Women's Bodies as Sites of Social Negotiation: the Cultivation, Display, and Consumption of Female Beauty and Sexuality."
Professor of Anthropology Amanda Weidman has been awarded a Mellon Mid-Career Fellowship at the Yale Whitney Humanities Center in the amount of $62,097.65 in support of her project, "Circulating Voices, Generating Affect."
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