Write Congress in Support of Funding for Social & Behavioral Science

Talking Points

Feel free to draw from the talking points below or personalize your letter to reflect your own experience.

  • Social and behavioral science research is supported across the federal government, including at the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, federal statistical agencies, and many other departments and agencies.  This support helps us as a nation better address complex, human-centered questions, such as:
    • How to convince a community in the path of a tornado to seek cover; or
    • Ways to slow the HIV/AIDS epidemic; or
    • How to thwart cybercrime and protect Americans’ privacy and security in an increasingly connected world.
  • Social and behavioral science research contributes substantially to the knowledge that benefits the U.S. taxpayer. Without this science, policy-making on major national issues will not be based on evidence and billions of dollars will be wasted.
  • I fully appreciate the difficult funding trade-offs Congress must make each year, especially during times of tight budgets.  However, cuts to scientific research—including social and behavioral science research—will only exacerbate the nation’s “innovation deficit,” which continues to threaten the U.S.’s standing as the global scientific leader.
  • Please support sustained funding for social and behavioral science research at NSF, NIH, Census Bureau, and other agencies, and reject efforts that target cuts to social and behavioral science fields.
  • I hope you will visit www.cossa.org to view other examples of federally-supported social and behavioral science research that contribute to issues of national significance, as well as to access fact sheets on the economic impact of this research to our state.

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