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America COMPETES Act:

9/23/2015-

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SIOP Submits Letter Urging US Senate to Fund Federal Research and Development Programs

On August 14, SIOP President Steve Kozlowski submitted a letter to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, on behalf of the Society.  The letter urges the Committee to authorize the highest possible funding levels for federal research and development programs under the America COMPETES Act, specifically the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

Further, Kozlowski strongly encourages the Committee to support social and behavioral science research across these agencies and to allow them the flexibility to determine the areas of greatest scientific opportunity. 

“Social and behavioral science research directly impact the U.S. economy, national security, and the health and well-being of Americans,” the letter states “NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE), supports basic research to develop a scientific evidence base for improving the performance, effectiveness, management, and development of organizations. The methods, measurements, and theories developed through this federal investment enhance business practices, policymaking, and interprofessional collaboration. The evidence base derived from basic research in the science of organizations is applied across sectors and disciplines.”

One example Kozlowski gives is NASA, which leverages the evidence base of organizational science to design team selection and training of astronauts, as well as to design support systems to manage crew effectiveness on NASA space missions.

“Additionally, new pressures to address privacy, performance, and safety in the workplace have further expanded the need for federal support for social and behavioral science research, especially industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology,” the letter continues. “emphasizing the importance of the entire work system, in addition to the individual.”

The original America COMPETES Act of 2007 and its reauthorization in 2010 each provided a long-term vision for investment in all areas of scientific research, including robust funding growth to maintain U.S. leadership in an increasingly competitive global field.

The letter states SIOP’s belief that “any effort to reauthorize federal science funding agencies should mirror the principles of the original legislation” and quotes Innovation: An American Imperative, “Our nation knows what it takes to innovate: a sustained commitment to scientific research, a world-class workforce, and an economic climate that rewards entrepreneurship and innovation.”

Read the full letter here or learn more about all of SIOP’s advocacy efforts on the Government Relations page of the SIOP website.