"National Interest" Science: A Dangerous Contradiction

Scientists, students, consumers, and citizens, beware: last month, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the introduction of legislation that would require the National Science Foundation to award grants only for research projects that the agency can certify as being “in the national interest. ” HR 3293 – introduced by Lamar Smith, of Texas, on Feb 10 of this year — — or the “Scientific Research in the National Interest Act” – is a very big deal. Fred Basken sounded the alarm to the research community, on the new proposed “national interest” certification for NSF funding, in the Chronicle of Higher

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