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Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) Seeks YOUR Stories of Social Science Research Impact



On July 8, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee issued a press release requesting public input to help guide the Committee's development of America COMPETES Act reauthorization legislation.  COMPETES is legislation originally enacted in 2007 that sought to ensure U.S. leadership in science and technology by making targeted investments at U.S. basic science agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF).


As we have been reporting over the last several months, the House introduced and ultimately passed its version of COMPETES legislation earlier this year with steep proposed cuts to social science research, despite ardent objection from the broad scientific community.  The Senate has chosen a different approach for developing its NSF legislation this year, which according to the press release and discussions with Senate staff will include significant stakeholder involvement.


COSSA will be working over the next several weeks to prepare written comments on the importance of social and behavioral science research within the context of American competitiveness, which we will submit before the August 21 deadline.  We would like to include in our materials stories that showcase the value of federal investment in social and behavioral science research.  This is where you come in!




We are looking for all examples of research from across the social and behavioral science disciplines.  It does not need to be research that has necessarily led to a tangible product or major breakthrough finding; we want to highlight this work at all levels, including:

  • Interesting, cutting-edge research that shows how basic social science is advancing knowledge and pushing the frontiers of science;
  • Research that has led to or has helped to inform an important breakthrough (e.g. product, therapy, intervention, etc.); and
  • Notable applications or potential applications of social and behavioral science research, such as for health, national security, the economy, the private sector, etc.



We have placed a "Why Social Science?" icon on the COSSA homepage where you can contribute to our collection of stories at any time.  However, in order to respond to the specific request for comment from the Senate Commerce Committee, I am hoping you will share some of your stories by Wednesday, August 5


When you go to our online form you will be asked to provide the following information:  

  • 400 word (maximum) summary of the research project or field of research and why it is noteworthy.
  • If referring to a specific project, include the name of the funding agency, the amount of funding awarded, and the year(s) of support, if known.
  • Name of the institution (i.e. university, research center, etc.) where the research was conducted, if applicable.
  • Source of the information (e.g. websites, press releases, publications, etc.) that we can use to cite the research in our materials.
  • Other documents that cannot be found on the web can be emailed to me at wnaus@cossa.org.

Please forward this request to your members and other social and behavioral scientists who may have stories of their own to contribute.  


We look forward to hearing from you.  And thank you in advance for your participation as we seek to explain #WhySocialScience!

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