SRCD participates in a variety of coalitions to accomplish shared goals and increase effectiveness when communicating with policymakers. One way that SRCD participates in these coalitions is by signing on to joint letters to Congress or the Executive Branch urging action on science policy issues that are of interest to SRCD members. Examples of such letters from recent years are available below.

2018

SRCD Signs on to Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Letter to Urging an Increase in Funding for NSF
With the February 2018 passage of a bipartisan budget agreement, the Coalition for Science Funding (CNSF), a broad-based group of over 130 professional organizations, universities, businesses, and scientific societies that advocate for robust federal support for the National Science Foundation, sent a letter to Congress strongly advocating that the CJS portion of the FY2018 omnibus bill include $8 billion in funding for NSF.

SRCD Signs on to Task Force on American Innovation letter to Congress to Increase 302b allocation for Science Research
The Task Force On American Innovation, a broad, non-partisan coalition of business, academic, and scientific communities, sent a letter to U.S. Congressional leadership, urging an increase in 302(b) allocations for science research.

2017

SRCD Signs on to Multi-Society Letter on Preserving Tax Benefit Provisions for Students
The American Association for the Advancement of Science coordinated a multi-society letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urging the House of Representatives to preserve important tax benefit provisions for students, such as the student loan interest deduction and graduate student tuition waivers.

SRCD Signs on to Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Letter Supporting a Bipartisan Budget Agreement and Funding for NSF in FY2018
The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) wrote a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) calling for a bipartisan budget agreement that increases spending caps for discretionary programs. The letter further recommends a congressional appropriation of $7.8 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in FY2018.

SRCD Signs on to Multi-Society Letter in Support of a Bipartisan Budget Agreement
A multi-society letter was written to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urging the Members of the 115th Congress to pass a bipartisan budget agreement that raises spending caps for defense and non-defense discretionary programs.

SRCD Signs on to Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Letter Supporting Funding for NSF in FY2018
The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) wrote a letter to the Members of the 115th Congress recommending an $8 billion appropriation for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in FY2018. The letter highlighted the contributions of basic science to multiple industries, and that that NSF should continue to support research across all directorates. 

SRCD Signs on to Multi-Society Letter in Support of Funding for Federal Data and Statistics
A multi-society letter was written to Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations calling for support for funding for Federal statistical and data systems. The letter details how Federal data is useful for the public sector, the private sector, individual citizens, and our democracy.

SRCD Signs on to Friends of IES Letter Supporting Funding for IES in the FY2017 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education & Related Agencies Appropriations Bill
The Friends of the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) wrote a letter to Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of  the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, Representative Tom Cole (R-OK), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies encouraging the members to provide $670 million for IES in the FY 2018 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, & Related Agencies appropriations bill.

SRCD Signs on to Letter on Data Implications of the Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017
A multi-society letter was written to Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Senator Paul Gosar (R-AZ) opposing legislation that the members introduced regarding Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations. The letter states that the legislation, which reads “…no Federal funds may be used to design, build, maintain, utilize, or provide access to a Federal database of geospatial information on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing,” could foster racial discrimination and could have severe consequences on federally sponsored research on racial disparities.

SRCD Signs on to Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Letter on Final FY 2017 Funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research wrote a letter to President Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) encouraging the recipients to enact a FY2017 spending package including $34.1 billion for the NIH.

2016

SRCD Signs on to Research Community Letter on FY 2017 Funding Levels for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
A multi-society letter was written to Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, and Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations expressing concern over the significant cuts to IES in the FY2017 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill passed by the Appropriations Committee. The letter urged the members to restore FY 2016 levels for IES in FY 2017.

SRCD Signs on to Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Statement and Letter on the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (Full Senate)
The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) wrote a letter to the Members of the United States Senate expressing appreciation for passage of S. 3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, out of committee. The letter encouraged the full membership to reaffirm support of NSF by extending the authorization of the bill beyond two years.

SRCD Signs on to Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Statement and Letter on the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (Committee Letter)
The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) wrote a letter to Senator John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI), Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, expressing appreciation for the introduction of  S. 3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. The letter called for approval of an amendment to authorize four percent funding for NSF, and for an extension of the length of authorization granted in the bill beyond two years. 

SRCD Signs on to Friends of NICHD FY 2017 Appropriations Request for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
The Friends of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) wrote a letter to Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of  the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, Representative Tom Cole (R-OK), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies urging the members to urge to include at least $34.5 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and at least $1.441 billion for NICHD in the fiscal year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

SRCD Signs on to Letter to Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Director Search Committee
A multi-society letter was written to the NICHD Director Search Committee encouraging the recipients to consider candidates who support psychosocial, cultural, and behavioral research, and who will continue to support investigator-initiated development and intervention studies.

SRCD Signs on to Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) FY 2017 Appropriations Request for NSF
The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) wrote a letter to the Members of the 114th Congress recommending an $8 billion appropriation for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in FY2017. The letter highlighted the contributions of NSF to new technologies and innovative teaching strategies for the STEM fields.

SRCD Signs on to Friends of IES Letters on FY 2017 Appropriations Request for the IES [House, Senate]
The Friends of the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) wrote letters to the appropriations leaders of the House and Senate encouraging the members to provide $728 million for IES in the FY 2017 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, & Related Agencies appropriations bill.

SRCD Signs on to Letter to Search Committee for National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Director
A multi-society letter was written to the NIMH Director Search Committee encouraging the recipients to consider candidates who support psychosocial, cultural, and behavioral research in addressing the mental health needs of the country. 

SRCD Signs on to Letter on FY 2017 302(b) Allocation for Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies
The Coalition for Health Funding wrote a letter to Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations urging the members to allocate as high a funding level as possible for the FY 2017 Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies 302(b) subcommittee allocations.