Research!America seeks to empower early-career researchers to become articulate spokespersons for science and research to public officials and their communities alike.
Research!America has launched our 2020-2021 civic engagement microgrant program for student and postdoc-led science policy groups. Click here to learn more about our virtual microgrant program!
Resources for Student Advocacy
Students may also wish to explore the many resources on our website:
- Advocacy How-Tos: Tips for making your voice heard for science, including meeting with elected officials, messaging, and working with the media.
- Participate in a Science Society Hill Day
- Check out the Research!America National Health Research Forum
- Sample Letter to the Editor: It's an effective way to make your voice heard.
- Research Funding and Economic Impact State by State: When advocating for research, it's helpful to have statistics about the impact of research on your state. Find the latest statistics on federally funded research and its impact on the economy, employment and much more.
- Fact Sheets highlighting health research areas
- Research!America Webinars on Advocacy:
Research!America Presentations to Student Groups
Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley frequently delivers keynote addresses to early career scientists around the nation.
Previous voter and civic engagement initiatives
Research!America has also led initiatives promoting civic engagement and non-partisan voter education. Follow the links below to learn more!
Bipartisan Civic Engagement Initiative: The 2018 Civic Engagement Initiative awarded grants to ten science policy groups, led by graduate students and post-docs. By facilitating conversations among candidates, the public, and citizens invested in science, these groups worked to make scientific research is an issue of high local and national priority. Check out the 2018 grantees here.
Raise the Caps: This campaign centered on the annual return of budget caps under the 2011 Budget Control Act, placing science funding in jeopardy. Each year since then, Congress must pass- and the president sign- a bill raising the budget caps. Without this measure, cuts to science agency budgets are inevitable.
Your Candidates. Your Health.: In this initiative during the 2018 midterm elections, Research!America worked to educate voters on their candidates’ views on health and research and equip them with the information to become advocates, urging candidates to make scientific, medical and health research a higher national priority.
Campaign for Cures: This national voter education initiative led by Research! America during the election season promoted medical research and innovation.Through strategic grassroots activities, communications initiatives and partnerships with preeminent voter education groups, Research!America raised awareness about the importance of sustaining medical progress.