Fall 2020 Science, Policy, Engagement

Building an Enduring Grassroots Constituency for Science

We are currently accepting applications from community leaders in the U.S. to join our 2020 Science, Policy, and Engagement Cohort. AGU has been awarded a grant from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop a new project, “Building an Enduring Grassroots Constituency for Science,” that will create science-community partnerships in eight communities across the United States. If you are interested in partnering with a scientist to co design a project that will advance local priorities, submit an application to the form below.

Communities selected for this cohort will work collaboratively with a Community Science Fellow and AGU scientists and will participate in community outreach and engagement activities on behalf of their community-science partnership including addressing public audiences, media, and decision makers.

Project Example:

As just one example of these kind of multi-component (science, engagement, policy) projects: A community leadership team might collect and analyze local air quality data, share the data with residents, work with residents in areas with dangerous air quality to design educational campaigns and encourage policy changes that reduce pollution.

View more detailed information about community criteria here. 

Thriving Earth Exchange projects start with community priorities, and any community can start a project with us. Communities of any size from around the world are encouraged to submit a local priority, issue and/or project idea related to natural hazards, natural resources, or climate change. (See current and former projects here.) All we ask is that you commit the time and energy needed to work hand-in-hand with a volunteer scientist.

Thriving Earth Exchange is free of charge for communities and projects typically do not come with funding. We design projects that can have an impact on the community priority with creativity, in-kind support, and resources at hand.Projects are supported by specially trained staff and Community Science Fellows, and typically conclude within 6-18 months.  If your project idea doesn’t fit one of the categories above, make a note of that in your project application (but don’t let that stop you from applying!)

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