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Funding Available for Early Career Researchers to Support Civic Engagement Projects

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – September 1, 2021 – Research!America is excited to announce applications are open for the Civic Engagement Microgrant Program, now in its fourth year. Microgrants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to graduate student and postdoc-led groups in the STEM and social sciences to design projects that create dialogue with public officials, local community leaders, and the public around issues of common concern. The funds provide opportunities for grantees to develop skills in communication and program planning, along with an understanding of policy and government in order to have an impact in their local areas.  

“As COVID-19 clearly shows us, the need for scientists to engage effectively with the public has never been greater and the next generation of scientists is paving the way,” said Mary Woolley, CEO of Research!America. “The microgrant program supports students and postdocs from around the country to meet the needs and interests of their local communities in creative ways. We are grateful to the Rita Allen Foundation for their continued support of this important program.”

“As our communities confront complex and urgent challenges, it is deeply encouraging to see the energy of a new generation of scientists interested in building civic relationships to be part of solutions for a more hopeful future,” said Elizabeth Good Christopherson, President and CEO of the Rita Allen Foundation. “The vision of Research!America is helping to channel that energy into new capacity and innovation to support science and society — a mission that is more critical than ever in our changed landscape of connection.”

With the global pandemic in mind, in-person, virtual and hybrid events will be supported for this program cycle. Grantees are expected to follow local guidelines for in-person activities and should have a plan to transition to be fully virtual if advised. Ongoing support will be provided by Research!America staff along with opportunities to develop skills in public policy, program development, and strategic communications. A portion of grant funding will be allocated to “Science Meets Science,” which supports collaboration between STEM scientists and social scientists in executing civic engagement projects.

Applications are due by midnight on Monday, October 4. 

For more information: www.researchamerica.org/microgrants


The Civic Engagement Microgrant Program is supported by a grant from the Rita Allen Foundation. 

The Research!America alliance advocates for science, discovery, and innovation to achieve better health for all. Visit www.ResearchAmerica.org.

The Rita Allen Foundation invests in transformative ideas in their earliest stages to leverage growth and promote breakthrough solutions to significant problems. It enables early-career biomedical scholars to do pioneering research, seeds innovative approaches to fostering informed civic engagement, and develops knowledge and networks to build the effectiveness of the philanthropic sector.