Thursday, July 19, 2018

APA Joins With Research!America to Offer Scientists Grants to Engage Candidates During Midterm Elections

Calling all student science policy groups: APA is supporting an initiative by Research!America and the National Science Policy Network to offer grants to scientists who can increase engagement between scientists and candidates in the upcoming midterm elections.

The idea behind the Bipartisan Candidate Engagement Initiative is for science graduate students and trainees to find ways to elevate the importance of scientific research, innovation, and public health—including mental health—in the national conversation among candidates during the midterm elections. According to the results of a survey commissioned by Research!America and released earlier this year, some 80% of American adults believe candidates running for Congress should have a basic understanding of scientific issues, and 68% believe candidates should have a science advisor.

APA is one of the donors to the initiative, which is part of the National Science Policy Network’s microgrant program. The initiative will support innovative, collaborative proposals that engage a diverse group of young scientists for activities such as lab tours, roundtable discussions with candidates, community science events, social media engagement, media outreach, and webinars.

Science policy groups managed by graduate students and postdocs are eligible to apply; awards range from $1,000 to $3,000, with the potential for up to $5,000 for high-impact proposals. Proposals are due by August 10; click here for an application.

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