Research!America Announces Call for Bipartisan Civic Engagement Proposals


Research!America, in partnership with the National Science Policy Network, has announced a request for proposals from student- and postdoc-led science policy groups for the alliance’s bipartisan civic engagement initiative for the 2018 midterm elections.

The initiative will support student science policy groups interested in increasing their level of civic engagement and outreach to candidates running for national office to elevate the importance of scientific research during the midterm elections. Highly competitive proposals would be innovative, engage a diverse group of young scientists, and collaborate with other science policy groups for activities such as lab tours or roundtable discussions with candidates, community science events, social media engagement, media outreach and webinars.

Applicants can apply for $1,000 to $3,000 in grants with the potential for up to $5,000 for high-impact proposals. Proposals are due by Friday, August 10, 2018 and should be submitted to in PDF format. Research!America leadership and staff will review proposals and those selected for funding will be announced in late August. A word document of the proposal can be found here.

A survey of U.S. adults commissioned by Research!America shows that a strong majority of Americans (86%) say it is important for scientists to inform the public about their research and its impact on society. And respondents 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. In the same survey, 68% of respondents say it is important that candidates for Congress have a science advisor.

The bipartisan civic engagement is part of the National Science Policy Network’s microgrant program which is supporting projects led by early career scientists who are advocating for science policy and diplomacy.

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

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