APA Testifies for NSF and DoD Research Funds

Robert J. Resnick, PhD, Past President of APA, testified in support of Department of Defense (DoD) funding before the House National Security Appropriations Subcommittee on May 1. In his third appearance before this Subcommittee, Dr. Resnick argued for, at least, level funding for basic research in DoD's FY 1997 budget. Although DoD's R&D budget has been relatively protected from the drastic cuts in other parts of DoD, it is clear that there will be no growth in support for basic research and that large cuts may be down the road. DoD is the third largest source of federal support for psychological research.

Merry Bullock, PhDAPA also testified before the House VA-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee, which has control over the National Science Foundation (NSF) budget. Merry Bullock, PhD, APA Senior Scientist, delivered APA's oral testimony (see photo on right). Dr. Bullock urged the Subcommittee to support the President's FY 1997 budget request of $3.3 billion for NSF--a slight increase from FY 1996. Dr. Bullock also told the Subcommittee about NSF's Learning and Intelligent Systems initiative and gave examples of the type of behavioral research that will be supported by this NSF-wide initiative.

Complete copies of the DoD and VA-HUD written testimony and VA-HUD oral statement can be found on the APA Pubic Policy World Wide Web page at http://www.apa.org/ppo/ppo.html.

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