Research!America seeks to empower early-career researchers to learn how to engage their communities in two-way dialogue about timely science and research issues.
The Civic Engagement Microgrant Program
The Microgrant program provides funding for STEM graduate students, professional students (medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, etc.), and postdocs who want to create projects that build policy, communications, and program management skills and are aimed at building dialogue with public officials, community leaders, and community members around issues of common interest.
At this juncture, we have supported 85 microgrants over the past five years. Read our report on the impact of Research!America’s Microgrant Program on Early Career Scientists. Contact Sophia Kaska, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions or comments about the report.
Learn more about the Research!America Civic Engagement Microgrant Program for student and postdoc-led science policy groups and read about previous years’ projects.
Visualizing the Landscape of Training Initiatives for Scientists in Public Engagement in the United States
In partnership with the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, Research!America conducted an in-depth mapping of the public engagement training landscape in the United States. This inaugural report offers a detailed overview of the diversity and scope of training initiatives enhancing public engagement for scientists. Notably, the report includes an interactive dashboard that provides a dynamic window into the rapidly developing field of training in public engagement. Together, the report and dashboard are designed to inspire new discussions, connections, and collaborations that further strengthen the ecosystem of public engagement training for scientists. Watch the launch of the report and dashboard.
Early Career Scientist Spotlights
To learn more about the work the early-career scientists are doing, check out these spotlights: