RISE Act: Take Action to Help Ensure the Scientific Community's Recovery from COVID-19!

Call Representatives’ attention to the recently introduced RISE Act in the House and ask Senators to introduce companion legislation.

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COVID-19 has resulted in the disruption or suspension of research activities around the US. Researchers have insufficient funding to ramp up and continue their disrupted research projects, while recent graduates are entering an increasingly unpredictable job market. To protect the future of our nation’s research enterprise and our country’s role as a global leader in innovation, Congress must act to ensure the full recovery of the scientific community.

To address this issue, we must urge members of the House to support the RISE Act and ask members of the Senate to introduce companion legislation. The Act would provide supplemental funding for grant extensions, which would enable the completion of disrupted research, support training extensions to shield grad students and postdocs from the unpredictable job market, and allow the replacement or refurbishment of lab equipment.

Urge your legislators to support the RISE Act and sign your letter today!

The Impact of Personalized Emails

Although personalizing your email with your own experiences and anecdotes may take a few extra minutes, research shows that it is well worth the time. According to a Congressional Management Foundation survey, individualized emails are the second most effective method overall for positively influencing a member’s decision on an issue. Individualized email messages are also 64% more effective than form email messages.

Furthermore, 83% of congressional staff surveyed said that it would take more than 50 form emails for them to consider taking the action requested. On the other hand, 70% of staff said that it would take less than 50 personalized emails for them to consider taking action. We encourage you to personalize your emails to Congressional members in order to maximize the impact of your voice.

If your Congress member has not already arrived at a firm decision on an issue, which of the following advocacy strategies might have a positive influence on his/her decision?

How many emails are needed before you consider taking the requested action?