Research!America has selected 10 graduate student and postdoc-led science policy groups from across the country to receive microgrants as part of the Bipartisan Civic Engagement Initiative. Groups will work to increase their level of civic engagement and outreach to the general public and candidates running for national office during the 2018 midterm elections. The initiative is intended to support early career scientists in efforts aimed at elevating the importance of scientific research in the national conversation and increasing awareness of the societal benefits of research. The selected groups will facilitate activities such as lab tours or roundtable discussions with candidates, community science events, social media engagement, media outreach and webinars.
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. Americans 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.
This civic engagement 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 about the Bipartisan Civic Engagement Initiative and grant recipients, visit https://bit.ly/2okWSRO. For a list of program partners, please visit https://bit.ly/2MdBdZp.