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The Research!America Microgrant Program: Exploring its Impact on Early Career Scientists

Connecting scientists to citizens and citizens to scientists to foster understanding and further shared goals has been central to Research!America’s mission since it was founded in 1989 and it continues to be a vital focus for the organization today. A core component of our civic science work is the Civic Engagement Microgrant Program, supported by the Rita Allen Foundation. Since 2018, our Microgrant program has worked directly with groups of STEM graduate students and postdoctoral researchers (post-docs) from across the country to provide small grants to support civic engagement projects. At this juncture, having supported 65 microgrants over the past four years, it is beneficial to take a deep dive into the initiative. Download the report.

America Speaks: Poll Data Summary

Each year, Research!America publishes America Speaks, a summary of our most recent poll data. We highlight trends and feature quotes from decision-makers. Use America Speaks as a resource when contacting your elected officials, writing letters to the editor, op-eds or articles, giving speeches, and advocating for research to improve health.

America Speaks: Poll Data Summary, Volume 23


U.S. Investments in Medical and Health Research and Development

A report from Research!America shows total U.S. investment in medical and health R&D grew by 11.1% from 2019 to 2020, reaching $245.1 billion, led by the private sector and the federal government. Even with the one-time infusion of federal funding in 2020 to address COVID-19, our nation spent less than 6 cents of every health care dollar on R&D. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of public and private sectors working individually and in partnership to rapidly translate decades of scientific discovery into safe and effective vaccines and treatments.

Then. Now. Imagine. – An A-to-Z Look at Diseases, Conditions, and Disorders that Impact Our Lives

Then. Now. Imagine. – An A-to-Z look at diseases, conditions, and disorders that impact our lives, a collaboration between Research!America and the Lasker Foundation, provides an overview of 60 diseases and conditions impacting people around the globe, emphasizing the ways in which medical science has improved outcomes today and holds potential for further progress in the decades ahead. Download the Report.