Funding for 2014 boosts research budgets
Good news for psychological research: The 2014 omnibus spending bill signed into
law by President Barack Obama provides some relief from the severe budget cuts that
went into effect with last year’s sequestration.
Specifically, the budget gives:
• $29.9 billion to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is $714 million
less than the 2013 pre-sequester level but $1 billion (or 3. 5 percent) more than the
post-sequester level. As the Senate Appropriations Committee Democratic summary
states, “This amount should allow the NIH to continue all current research programs
and begin approximately 385 additional research studies and trials.” Last year, NIH
reported that it funded 640 fewer research grants in 2013 than in 2012 because of
• $3 million increase in the research budget at the Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA), which was exempt from sequestration. The bill includes $585.7 million in 2014
for VA intramural research, compared with a 2013 level of $582.7 million.
• $7.2 billion to the National Science Foundation (NSF), down by $82 million
from 2013. An analysis from the American Association for the Advancement of
Science estimates that this amount reflects a 4. 2 percent increase for NSF over the FY
2013 sequester level. The largest part of the funding — $5.8 billion — goes to NSF’s
Research and Related Activities account.
While research funding has still not recovered from the impact of sequester-related cuts, and while the sequester is still not repealed, the omnibus spending
bill gives research funding agencies some much-needed relief and, for a change,
an improved ability to plan since managers know how much they have to spend
between now and the end of the fiscal year.
— PATRICIA KOBOR
Sign up now for APA’s Advanced Training Institutes
APA is sponsoring four Advanced Training Institutes this
summer to expose psychological scientists — new and
established faculty, postdoctoral fellows, scientists and advanced
graduate students — to state-of-the-art research methods and
• Structural Equation Modeling in Longitudinal Research,
University of California, Davis, May 27–31. Deadline to
apply: March 24.
• Exploratory Data Mining in Behavioral Research,
University of California, Davis, June 2–6. Deadline to apply:
• Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups,
Michigan State University, June 2–6. Deadline to apply:
• Nonlinear Methods for Psychological Science, University
of Cincinnati, June 16–20. Deadline to apply: March 31
The institutes on Structural Equation Modeling and
Exploratory Data Mining will be held at UC Davis in
consecutive weeks. To help make it feasible for people to attend
both, participants who are accepted and register for the two
sessions will receive a 20 percent discount on their tuition for
Tuition for each ATI ranges from $300 to $1,200, with
students, postdoctoral fellows and APA members paying lower
tuitions. Participants may also apply for financial assistance.
For more information about these programs and to register,
go to the Advanced Training Institutes website at www.apa.org/
science/resources/ati or call (202) 336-6000. n