MPSA Members: Apply for a COSSA or NHA Advocacy Day Travel Grant

Get Involved: Take the Hill in Support of Federal Funding for Our Discipline -  The first few months of a new administration represent a critical window for those of us in the humanities and social sciences (especially political science) as incoming legislators may not yet fully appreciate the importance of funding our research. Of the $37.9 billion the federal government spends on research and development annually, less than 5% ($1.9 billion) is invested in Social and Behavioral Science Research. You have two upcoming opportunities to meet your elected officials to help underscore the importance of Federal funding to our discipline. To support participation, MPSA is funding two grant programs this year for MPSA members to participate in the following events in Washington, DC: 

  • March 13-14, 2017 - National Humanities Alliance (NHA) Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day. As part of this event, participants receive detailed issues briefs and background material on the current status of federal humanities funding in preparation for Congressional Hill visits coordinated by the NHA staff.  Each year, advocates travel to Capitol Hill as part of state delegations to urge Congress to increase funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and other key humanities programs. The application deadline for this program has passed.

  • March 29-30, 2017 - Consortium of Social Science Association (COSSA) 2017 Science Policy Conference & Social Science Advocacy Day This event (formerly the COSSA Annual Meeting) brings together COSSA members and other stakeholders for a day of discussion about federal policy impacting our science followed by the only annual, coordinated advocacy day in support of all of the social and behavioral sciences. The application deadline for this program has passed.
    COSSA has recently announced student opportunities for the conference: “The conference will feature a number of sessions that may be of particular interest to students, covering topics such as:    
    • Ways students in the social and behavioral sciences can organize on campus in support of their disciplines.
    • Social science in public service, featuring federal officials applying their expertise to government service, which may be of interest to students seeking non-academic careers.
    • Actions you can take from home to advocate for federal social science research funding.
    • PLUS, student attendees from member institutions (like MPSA) will have an opportunity to participate in Social Science Advocacy Day on March 30 to meet with their elected officials in Congress!”

Additionally, MPSA will provide complimentary COSSA Science Policy Conference and NHA Annual Meeting registrations for eligible members in these key states with Members of Congress who are critical to successful funding: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC.