Building Capacity for Science Communication

Due Date: 06/01/2017

With support from the Rita Allen Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences is accepting proposals to support the formation and development of collaborative science communication researcher-practitioner partnerships. Interested teams should submit a submit a single short proposal that describes the rationale for their partnership, a plan for working collaboratively at all phases of the research, and an outline of how the work will address priorities in the report. The award could either be for an entire project or for preliminary work needed to secure funding for a larger project. 

Two awards of $37,500 each will be offered, and are intended to facilitate the efforts of science communication researchers and practitioners to plan collaborative projects that pursue shared research interests aligned with the recently released consensus report, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda. The report is aimed at science communicators and researchers about how to communicate effectively about science, focusing in particular on issues that are contentious in the public sphere, such as climate change and environmental regulation. To inform this research agenda, this publication identifies important influences – psychological, economic, political, social, cultural, and media-related – on how science related to such issues is understood, perceived, and used.

Those receiving awards will present details about their collaborations at a special session of the Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication III to be held on November 16-17, 2017. 

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