Trump Political Appointees Interfere in Scientific Grants Process
What Happened: The Department of Interior (DOI) is instructing heads of offices to sign-off on discretionary grants to make sure that the work they are proposing aligns with 10 priorities as set by the Trump administrations.
Why it Matters: Scientific work is often undertaken because there is a gap in our knowledge system that needs to be filled. This gap in knowledge often dictates the questions asked in a scientific study, the hypotheses formed, and the materials and methods used to answer those questions. Therefore, a decree that research must align with specific priorities wholly undercuts the scientific process and impacts the intellectual merit of the science being conducted.