Stand for Science

APA stands for science. Your colleagues stand for science. It's time for you to stand for science.

Social and behavioral science funding faces major threats in Congress right now. APA needs you to stand up for science by contacting your members of Congress as psychologists, scientists and constituents.

How to stand up for psychological science

APA's Science Directorate urges you to stand for science by sharing information about your research with your members of Congress and explaining why psychological science deserves federal support.

Why you must stand up for psychological science

APA's Science Directorate urges you to stand for science by actively advocating for policy decisions that advance and preserve the infrastructure of psychological science. This video will show you why you must do it.

Find the Washington, D.C. office phone numbers for your members of Congress by going online:

(Enter your zip code on the website to find who represents your district.)

Call your three offices and say:

“I’m a psychologist and constituent, and I urge the senator/congressman/congresswoman to support science by voting against any bills or amendments that attack scientific peer review, individual psychology grants or entire programs of social and behavioral science at the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.”

If your congressional office phones aren't being answered due to the government shutdown, please consider calling again. Offices differ in terms of their staffing and responsiveness at this time.

Once you have called:

Tweet @APAScience#StandforScience or send an email to let us know how the calls went.

Why do we need to act right now?

House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., and House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, specifically threatened social and behavioral research funding in a Sept. 30 USA Today opinion piece, stating that they “have recently seen far too many questionable grants, especially in the social, behavioral and economic sciences” funded by NSF. Chairman Smith’s committee is expected to introduce the NSF reauthorization legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives in October.

  • On Feb. 5, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., stated that “[f]unds currently spent by the government on social science … would be better spent helping find cures to diseases,” and called for the elimination of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation.
  • Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., also called for the elimination of NSF's Social, Behavioral and Economics Directorate, and questioned whether "these social sciences represent obvious national priorities that deserve a cut of the same pie" as other sciences.

Stand for Science District Campaign

Materials to share with your member of Congress: 

Updated: Sept. 12, 2014