Take Action: Share Your Message on the Hill in Support of Federal Funding for Our Discipline –  Did you know that 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 for MPSA members to participate in the following events virtually or in-person in Washington, D.C.:

March 8-10, 2021: 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 in the spring, 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. In 2021, the event will be held virtually. Learn more here.

Completing the application form does not guarantee you will receive a grant. In order to qualify for a grant, you must be faculty at a college or university or a researcher or professional, and be registered to vote at the national level in the United States.

Individuals are responsible for registering for the event on their own; submission of the grant form does not mean you are registered. Enter “NHAMember” during registration when prompted for a coupon code to receive a $25 member discount at https://www.nhalliance.org/had_2021.

One week following the event, MPSA will verify participation and reimburse grant recipients the registration fee along with the additional $25 accessibility grant.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

April 27, 2021: Consortium of Social Science Association (COSSA) Social Science Advocacy Day

This event 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. In 2021, the event will be held virtually. Learn more about the event here.

MPSA COSSA’s 2021 Social Science Advocacy Day Grant Application

MPSA is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of COSSA’s fully virtual 2021 Social Science Advocacy Day, being held on April 27, 2021. In addition, MPSA will be providing a grant of $50 for individuals to participate in the event. The $50 grant will cover the cost of the $25 registration fee and provides an additional $25 accessibility grant to attend. This year to encourage broader participation, MPSA is opening up this grant as a benefit to non-members as well as current MPSA members. If you have ever wanted to participate in the past but travel or time commitments have prevented you – now is your chance! Apply here.

In order to qualify for a grant, you must be a U.S. citizen.

Completing the application form does not guarantee you will receive a grant. After you submit the application form, the MPSA will determine grant eligibility. If you are selected for the grant, MPSA will contact you and then register you for the advocacy day. One week following the event, MPSA will verify your participation and send you the $25 accessibility grant.

The application deadline is Friday, April 2, 2021.