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Advocating for I-O in

Federal Public Policy

 SIOP in Washington

Jill Bradley-Geist 
University of Colorado
orado Springs

Laura Uttley
Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

Since July 2013, SIOP and Lewis-Burke Associates LLC have collaborated to make I-O science and research accessible to federal and congressional policy makers.  SIOP has embedded a foundational government relations infrastructure within the organization, enabling SIOP to develop an authoritative voice as a stakeholder in science policy in Washington, DC. and to promote SIOP as a vital resource for evidence-based decision making. 


Over the past few months, SIOP provided written testimony to House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees for continued federal investment in social and behavioral science research at the National Science Foundation (NSF). SIOP also was represented at the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) annual exhibition. Additionally, the Government Relations Advocacy Team (GREAT) and Lewis-Burke hosted a session at the SIOP 2016 Annual Conference.

FY 2017 Appropriations Testimony

On February 29, SIOP submitted written testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, and Science, urging the Subcommittees to appropriate $8 billion for NSF, in fiscal year (FY) 2017.  The testimony, which will be incorporated into the Congressional Record, conveys the importance and applications of social and behavioral science research funded through NSF.

NSF funds approximately 60% of the federal social science research portfolio.  These projects are largely overseen by the Foundation’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), which sponsors several projects that support SIOP researchers and practitioners.  Given NSF’s role as the primary conduit for federally sponsored social science research, Lewis-Burke, on behalf of SIOP, has pursued a comprehensive outreach strategy intended to raise the profile of I-O research at NSF.


Coalition for National Science Funding 2016 Exhibition and Reception

On April 26, SIOP fellow Dr. Debra Major, Eminent Scholar and professor of Psychology at Old Dominion University, represented the Society at the 22nd annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Capitol Hill Exhibition in Washington, D.C. In 2014, SIOP joined CNSF, which is an alliance of over 140 organizations supporting the goal of increased national investment in NSF research and programs.

The exhibition is an opportunity for CNSF members to display and discuss NSF-funded research directly with members of Congress, federal agency officials, and other policymakers and allows the research community to highlight the importance of continued investment in NSF and basic research.  SIOP’s booth at the exhibition featured Dr. Major’s research examining factors related to persistence in STEM majors and careers.

NSF Director France Córdova visited the SIOP booth, along with Joan Ferrini-Mundy, assistant director of NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate, and Amber Story, deputy director of the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences.  Dr. Major also discussed her research with Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA-9) and numerous congressional staff, many of whom noted the importance of STEM workforce and training issues.

SIOP joined CNSF in the fall of 2014 and participated in the 2015 and 2016 Exhibitions. 

GREAT and Lewis-Burke Host Session at SIOP 2016 Annual Conference

On April 15, GREAT and Lewis-Burke hosted a session, How to Advocate for I-O and Unlock Federal Funding Opportunities, at the SIOP 2016 Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.  First, Laura Uttley, Lewis-Burke Associates, discussed SIOP’s federal government relations initiatives, explaining the Society’s engagement on social and behavioral science research, social science as a STEM field, and ongoing participation in federal dialogues, such as policing reform and veterans’ employment.  Uttley stressed the importance of consistent and clear messaging when educating federal and congressional policy makers on the importance of applying I-O evidence-based research to policy.  Further, she encouraged SIOP member engagement in federal government relations through GREAT and the newly established grassroots impact coordinator.

Next, Dr. Mo Wang provided tips for SIOP members interested in applying for NSF funding.  He encouraged potential applicants to email NSF program managers to discuss proposals in advance of submission. The session was well-attended and allowed SIOP members to engage with the Society’s government relations initiative and Lewis-Burke Associates.

Call for Information From SIOP Members:
Please Tell Us About Your NSF-Funded Research/Projects

In order to better facilitate SIOP advocacy for NSF funding, we are inviting SIOP members working on NSF-funded projects to share some highlights of the experience with SIOP via GREAT committee chair, Jill Bradley-Geist (jbradle3@uccs.edu). This information will enable SIOP to better understand and advocate for the role of NSF funding in the field of I-O and will allow SIOP leadership to identify members who may wish to participate in NSF-related opportunities such as the Coalition for National Science Funding’s Annual Exhibition.