Federal grants


Trump Political Appointees Interfere in Scientific Grants Process Take Two: The Department of Interior

, research scientist, Center for Science and Democracy

The Department of Interior (DOI) has directed political appointees to begin reviewing discretionary grants to make sure that they align with the priorities of the Trump administration. The discretionary grants include any grants worth $50,000 or more that are intended to be distributed to “a non-profit organization that can legally advance advocacy” or “an institution of higher education.” The memo detailing the directive was sent by Scott J. Cameron, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget. Read more >

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Trashing Science in Government Grants Isn’t Normal: The Case of the EPA, John Konkus, and Climate Change

, research scientist, Center for Science and Democracy

There is now a political appointee of the Trump administration at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), John Konkus, reviewing grant solicitations and proposals in the public affairs office. It has been reported that Konkus is on the lookout for any reference to “climate change” in grant solicitations in attempt to eliminate this work from the agency’s competitive programmatic grants. So, is this normal? Read more >

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