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Society of American Archivists Foundation Grant Application Process and Guidelines | Society of American Archivists
"The SAAF Board awards grants that meet the mission and goals of the SAA Foundation and the strategic planning priorities of the Society of American Archivists. These statements provide a broad spectrum of possible ways to enhance the work of archivists and serve as guiding tools for the Board’s fund-raising and grant-making activities. Applicants are expected to make direct and substantive reference to the way(s) in which an award of funds will advance one or more of the strategic goals of the SAA Foundation and/or the Society of American Archivists. To set reasonable expectations for applicants, the Board endeavors to publicize special concerns within the SAAF funding priorities and invite applications in those areas."
funding  foundation  archives  research  grants 
october 2016 by tsuomela
Science.gc.ca - Data Management
"The three federal research funding agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – are committed to fostering a robust environment for data stewardship in Canada and internationally, and to helping ensure that Canada is well positioned to contribute to and capitalize on data-intensive science and scholarship. To achieve this, and while recognizing the diversity of data practices and needs within the Canadian research community, the agencies are in the process of reviewing and enhancing their data management requirements for agency-supported researchers. As a step in this process, the agencies have developed the Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management (the Statement). This builds on the 2013 consultation document, Toward a Policy Framework for Advancing Digital Scholarship in Canada, information provided by a Comprehensive Brief on Research Data Management Policies, and advice received through stakeholder engagement. The agencies sought feedback from the research community in summer 2015 on a draft version of the Statement."
research-data  management  country(Canada)  funding  government  policy 
june 2016 by tsuomela
Rationalizing the unreasonable: there are no good academics in the EU – Ctrl+Alt+Dem
"Attracting external funding has become, everywhere, one of the main priorities of academics, and writing funding application has consequently also become one of their main tasks. The idea is “competitiveness”: quality will be evident when academics, individually or in teams, acquire funding after a strict and rigorously exclusive peer-review process."
academic  academia  funding  grants  lottery  peer-review  competition  evaluation  europe  incentives 
june 2016 by tsuomela
CHORUS
"CHORUS leverages existing infrastructure to enable sustainable, cost-effective, and transparent public access to content reporting on funded research. By integrating services and open APIs, CHORUS optimizes funder identification, content discovery and long-term accessibility, compliance monitoring, and dashboard reporting."
scholarly-communication  publishing  funding  infrastructure 
september 2015 by tsuomela
Book - Peter Dauvergne , Genevieve LeBaron - Protest Inc.: The Corporatization of Activism
"Mass protests have raged since the global financial crisis of 2008. Across the world students and workers and environmentalists are taking to the streets. Discontent is seething even in the wealthiest countries, as the world saw with Occupy Wall Street in 2011. Protest Inc. tells a disturbingly different story of global activism. As millions of grassroots activists rally against capitalism, activism more broadly is increasingly mirroring business management and echoing calls for market-based solutions. The past decade has seen nongovernmental organizations partner with oil companies like ExxonMobil, discount retailers like Walmart, fast-food chains like McDonald’s, and brand manufacturers like Nike and Coca-Cola. NGOs are courting billionaire philanthropists, branding causes, and turning to consumers as wellsprings of reform. Are “career” activists selling out to pay staff and fund programs? Partly. But far more is going on. Political and socioeconomic changes are enhancing the power of business to corporatize activism, including a worldwide crackdown on dissent, a strengthening of consumerism, a privatization of daily life, and a shifting of activism into business-style institutions. Grassroots activists are fighting back. Yet, even as protestors march and occupy cities, more and more activist organizations are collaborating with business and advocating for corporate-friendly “solutions.” This landmark book sounds the alarm about the dangers of this corporatizing trend for the future of transformative change in world politics."
book  publisher  activism  corporatism  money  funding  organizations  structure 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Statement on the President’s Proposal for Performance Based Funding | AAUP
from the president of the American Association of University Professors. In response to Obama proposal to base funding on performance.
education  academic  future  finance  funding  college  university  government  regulation 
september 2013 by tsuomela
Why do funding agencies favor hypothesis testing?
"Exploratory inquiry has difficulty attracting research funding because funding agencies have little sense of how to detect good science in exploratory contexts. After documenting and explaining the focus on hypothesis testing among a variety of institutions responsible for distinguishing between good and bad science, I analyze the NIH grant review process. I argue that a good explanation for the focus on hypothesis testing—at least at the level of science funding agencies—is the fact that hypothesis-driven research is relatively easy to appraise. I then explore one method by which we might gauge the epistemic merits of different styles of inquiry."
sts  science  funding  methods  quantitative  economics  explanation  philosophy 
august 2013 by tsuomela
Projects : Search : Projects : Search
"This project will investigate, through three case studies, the relationship between technologies and practices of environmental sensing and citizen engagement. Wireless sensors, which are an increasing part of digital communication infrastructures, are commonly deployed for environmental monitoring within scientific study. Practices of monitoring and sensing environments have migrated to a number of everyday participatory applications, where users of smart phones and networked devices are able to engage with similar modes of environmental observation and data collection. Such citizen sensing projects intend to democratize the collection and use of environmental sensor data in order to facilitate expanded citizen engagement in environmental issues. But how effective are these practices of citizen sensing in not just providing crowd-sourced data sets, but also in giving rise to new modes of environmental awareness and practice? Through intensive fieldwork, study and use of sensing applications, the case studies will set out to contextualize, question and expand upon the understandings and possibilities of democratized environmental action through citizen sensing practices. The first case study, Wild Sensing, will focus on the use of sensors to map and track flora and fauna activity and habitats. The second case study, Pollution Sensing, will concentrate on the increasing use of sensors to detect environmental disturbance, including air and water pollution. The third case study will investigate Urban Sensing, and will focus on urban sustainability or smart city projects that implement sensor technologies to realize more efficient or environmentally sound urban processes."
citizen-science  science  european  research  funding 
july 2013 by tsuomela
The endless frontier: U.S. science and national industrial policy (part 1) « The Berkeley Blog
"The U.S. has spent the last 70 years making massive investments in basic and applied research. Government funding of research started in World War II driven by the needs of the military for weapon systems to defeat Germany and Japan. Post WWII the responsibility for investing in research split between agencies focused on weapons development and space exploration (being completely customer-driven) and other agencies charted to fund basic and applied research in science and medicine (being driven by peer-review.)"
science  research  funding  government  military-industrial-complex  history  cold-war  sts 
july 2013 by tsuomela
Why does social science have such a hard job explaining itself? | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional
"A social scientific scrutiny of the human, rather than natural, world doesn't easily lend itself to generalisable laws, cast-iron predictions, nor can it always preserve a distinction between fact and value. Defenders of social science need to say that, and to argue that careful, theoretically and methodologically rigorous exploration of these subjects are fundamental to a healthy society even if finding unarguable evidence is extremely difficult."
nsf  funding  social-science  politicians  politics  research  science  government  meaning 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Lawmaker blasts colleague over perceived intrusion into social science funding | Inside Higher Ed
"The unusually public and nasty feud between the top two leaders of the House Science Committee is the latest flare-up of the recent political science wars that have put scholars in the discipline on the defensive. Congress voted last month to strip funding for most political science research from the budget of the National Science Foundation, and at a hearing this month, Republican lawmakers signaled their desire to examine how the NSF allocates funds for social and behavioral science studies."
nsf  funding  social-science  politicians  politics  research  science  government  peer-review 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Senator's Criticism of Science Foundation Draws Fire - ScienceInsider
From 2011 "Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has long railed against wasteful government spending and urged his colleagues to shrink the federal budget. His latest salvo is a 73-page report released today that accuses the National Science Foundation (NSF) of mishandling nearly $3 billion. The document follows a well-trod path of asserting that a federal research agency is funding trivial and duplicative research in addition to exercising inadequate oversight of existing programs."
science  purpose  research  funding  government  basic-research  legitimacy  nsf 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog: What is Basic Research?
"So what is "basic research"? It is motherhood, apple pie and all that is good. It is, as Brian Cox would say, axiomatically a good thing. As such, "basic research" as a political symbol has proven to be a big obstacle to science policy research. After all, why question something that is axiomatically good? What are you, anti-science? Further, the inherent virtue of basic research means that precise knowledge of mechanisms of that goodness are not needed. If decisions about science and utilizing science are to be systematically evaluated and refined, it will be necessary to move beyond political symbols. But political symbols, obviously, are powerful things."
research  basic-research  symbolism  politics  rhetoric  science  funding  history 
march 2013 by tsuomela
Crowd-funding science? « through the looking glass
"For me the biggest question is whether you can really raise the sorts of funding 21st century science needs in this way? I wonder if there is a profound disconnect between the thinner ends of the long tail and the simple bigness of a lot of contemporary science." Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://alicerosebell.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/crowd-funding-science/
science  crowdsourcing  funding  research  citizen-science  participation  public 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog: R
"During the 1950s and 1960s, advocates for government investments in science and technology (mainly basic research at universities) pulled off a remarkable coup. They successfully integrated conceptions of "basic research" with a linear model of innovation, making R
economics  innovation  technology  growth  wealth  research  development  government  funding 
june 2012 by tsuomela
Education and Military Rivalry
"Using data from the last 150 years in a small set of countries, and from the postwar period in a large set of countries, we show that large investments in state primary education systems tend to occur when countries face military rivals or threats from their neighbors. By contrast, we find that democratic transitions are negatively associated with education investments, while the presence of democratic political institutions magnifies the positive effect of military rivalries. These empirical results are robust to a number of statistical concerns and continue to hold when we instrument military rivalries with commodity prices or rivalries in a certain country’s immediate neighborhood. We also present historical case studies, as well as a simple model, that are consistent with the econometric evidence. "
education  reform  funding  budget  military  militarism 
may 2012 by tsuomela
New institute to tackle "data tsunami" challenge | Argonne National Laboratory
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have received part of a planned $25 million grant from the DOE Office of Science to tackle the problem of extracting knowledge from massive data sets.

The work is part of the DOE’s newly established Scalable Data Management, Analysis, and Visualization (SDAV) Institute. Researchers in Argonne’s Mathematics and Computing Science division will receive a planned $3.4 million over five years for the research.
funding  government  research  academic-center  lab  big-data 
april 2012 by tsuomela
What is public science, and why do you need it?
Public science is basic scientific research funded by governments, and just in America alone it's led to breakthroughs in everything from medicine to clean energy. But now public science is under threat. Here's why — and why we can't afford to lose it.
science  public  benefits  research  funding  government  budget  deficit  politics  economics 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Science, Superstars
"What, if anything, is the world trying to tell us? On some level it seems that things are getting harder — it is tougher to be a dominant player in sports given global talent pools, better training, more mimicry, etc. Similarly, science in many important areas does seem stalled, with progress proceeding glacially, whether it is drug discovery, or fundamental physics, or energy."
science  discovery  history  sts  decline  innovation  funding  research  bibliometrics 
july 2011 by tsuomela
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