Research!America seeks to empower early-career researchers to become articulate spokespersons for science and research to public officials and their communities alike.
Civic Engagement Microgrant Program
Learn more about Research!America's civic engagement microgrant program for student and postdoc-led science policy groups. Click here to learn more about our 2020-2021 virtual microgrant program!
Resources for Student Advocacy
Students may also wish to explore the many resources on our website designed to support your advocacy and civic engagement:
- Program Planning and Execution: Tips and guidelines for planning and executing your civic engagement events.
- Participate in a Science Society Hill Day
- 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.
- Science Communication Toolkit: Tips for making your voice heard for science, including meeting with elected officials, messaging, and working with the media.
eARLY CAREER SCIENTIST SPOTLIGHTS
To learn more about the work the early-career scientists are doing, check out these spotlights:
- Microgrant Spotlight: The Activist Lab at the University of South Florida College of Public Health
- Making the case for Research on Zoom: Report from a Successful Virtual Hill Day
- Early Career Spotlight: Rutgers University Environmental Health Researcher Showcases the Experiences of Young People in a COVID-19 Pandemic Hotspot
- Early Career Spotlight: Early Career Scientists at Michigan State University to Host Virtual SciComm Conference
REACHING THE PEAK: A SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CAREER SUMMIT
Research!America is pleased to present Reaching the Peak: A Science & Technology Career Summit on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, from 1-6 p.m. ET. During this one-day virtual event, early career researchers will have the opportunity to explore an array of career paths, network with fellow researchers, participate in professional development workshops, and engage in meaningful discussions around issues critical to the success of the R&D ecosystem. Learn more about the summit here.
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!
Vote Science Strong: This national candidate engagement campaign led by Research!America during the 2020 presidential election season aimed to elevate the importance of research and innovation in the national conversation. Through strategic grassroots activities, and communications initiatives, Research!America raised awareness about the importance of research in ensuring a science strong future.
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.