Bipartisan Civic Engagement Initiative

Research!America is collaborating with graduate and postdoc-led student science policy groups to increase their level of civic engagement and outreach to candidates running for national office during the 2018 midterm elections. For more information about the grantees, please visit their profiles

The Bipartisan Civic Engagement initiative is intended to support early career scientists in efforts aimed at elevating the importance of scientific research in the national conversation to increase awareness of the societal benefits of research among candidates and the general public. Student science policy groups will facilitate activities such as lab tours or roundtable discussions with candidates, community science events, social media engagement, media outreach and webinars.

The following student science policy groups have been selected for Research!America microgrants:

The Graduate & Professional Student Senate Science and Policy Group (GPSS) at the University of Washington (UW); The Science Policy Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); Vanderbilt Science Policy Group at Vanderbilt University (VU); Johns Hopkins Science Policy Group at Johns Hopkins University (JHU); Catalysts for Science Policy (CaSP) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW); Science Policy Initiative at the University of Virginia (SPI UVA) and Cville Comm-UNI-ty (CC); SciPac (Science Policy, Advocacy, and Communication) at the University of California San Diego (UCSD); Missouri Science & Technology Policy Fellows (MOST) at the University of Missouri (UM); The Science Policy Group at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UI); and South Carolina Psychiatric Association and South Carolina Medical Association Student Sections at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). 

A strong majority of Americans say it is important for scientists to inform the public and elected officials about their research and its impact on society, according to a survey commissioned by Research!America. Respondents also agree that scientists should play a role in shaping public policy in not only medical and health research, but in education, national defense, infrastructure, job creation and other areas. More than two-thirds of those surveyed say it is important that candidates for Congress have a science advisor.

The initiative is part of the National Science Policy Network (NSPN)’s microgrant awards program for early career science policy groups. NSPN's mission is to "provide a collaborative resource portal for early-career scientists and engineers involved in science policy, diplomacy, and advocacy." To learn more click here

Special thanks to the following partners whose support helps make funding for this initiative possible.

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Astronomical Society
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Physics
  • American Physical Society
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Coalition for Life Sciences
  • Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences
  • International Association for Dental Research
  • OSA – The Optical Society
  • Sigma Xi
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation (SoAR)
  • The Rita Allen Foundation

Policy Contacts

We have health challenges in this country that science will provide answers for if given the chance and we haven't given science that opportunity
Mary Woolley, President and CEO, Research!America