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General Information on Science Policy

Deborah Stine, Science and Technology Policymaking: A Primer, Congressional Research Service Report to Congress, RL34454, April 22, 2008.

Science & Technology Policy Think-Tank Rankings - A 2013 global ranking of think-tanks including rankings for think-tanks who specialize in science and technology policy research.

SCISIP Central Science of Science Policy - The NSF's Science of Science and Innovation Policy Program(SCISIP) supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. This website is a central location for this international community. There is also an email listserv for science policy stakeholders to remain up-to-date on the latest in science policy research.

Science Policy Resources for Students

AAAS Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy(ESEP) -- A coalition of scientific and engineering societies has put together a list of publications, fellowships, internships, and more, for scientists, S&T professionals, and students who are interested in becoming more involved with policy initiatives.

The Journal of Science Policy and Governance (JSPG) -- JSPG is an interdisciplinary policy journal that seeks high-quality submissions from students and young scholars on emerging or continuing science policy debates. JSPG seeks to publish articles on a variety of policy areas including: scientific research, engineering, innovation, technology transfer, commercialization, bio-medicine, drug development, energy, the environment, climate change, the application of technology in developing countries, STEM education, and space exploration. Submissions on other topics are also welcome as long as they relate to the theme of science policy and governance. Current students (undergraduate or graduate) and recent graduates within three years of earning a degree (bachelors, masters, or doctoral) are eligible to submit.

National Science Policy Group - The National Science Policy Group (NSPG) is a collaboration between graduate students and post doctoral researchers across the country, working together to understand critical issues at the intersection of science and policy, in addition to advocating for federal support for science funding. Each month, these students gather to discuss the best practices for organizing and operating their respective student groups on their campus with a goal of bringing science policy into the halls of universities across the nation. By collecting the best tips and tricks of running a science policy student group, NSPG is building a range of documents aimed to help any student start their own group on campus.

Information for Science Policy Careers

Laure Haak, "Science Policy Career Resources," Science Careers, February 7, 2003.

James Austin, "Paths to Science Policy," Science Careers, February 28, 2003.

Virginia Gewin, "Making the Move into Science Policy," Nature, March 2003.

Andrew Fazekas, Bridging the Worlds of Science and Public Policy," Science Careers, February 18, 2005.

Melanie Roberts, "Speaking Truth to Power: Careers in Science Policy," Presentation for the Forum on Science Ethics and Policy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. June 2008.

Working with Congress

Project Vote Smart -- Project Vote Smart provides free, unbiased, in-depth information about current officials, candidates, issues, legislation, and voting.

IEEE Engineer's Guide to Influencing Public Policy -- A resource to help engineers and engineering students engage with policymakers and policy-making.

Magazines, Newsletters and Web Resources

Issues in Science & Technology -- Issues in Science & Technology is a quarterly publication that provides a forum for discussion of public policy related to science, engineering, and medicine. This includes policy for science (how we nurture the health of the research enterprise) and science for policy (how we use knowledge more effectively to achieve social goals), with emphasis on the latter.  
FYI: The American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News FYI summarizes science policy developments in Washington affecting the physics and astronomy community. Summaries are approximately one page long and are issued two or more times every week. FYI is provided by AIP as a service to the science community.

Prometheus: The Science Policy Weblog -- Prometheus provides daily news and commentary on science policy Prometheus is a project of the University of Colorado Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. Prometheus is designed to create an informal outlet for news, information, and opinion on science policy and to foster broad participation and discussion about science policy topics. 

NewSciencePolicy -- NewSciencePolicy provides a weekly summary of activities and events in Washington, DC affecting science, technology, and innovation policy. While not meant to be exhaustive, it highlights items related to the funding for and execution of basic research across disciplines, and the translation of discoveries into the marketplace.

R&D Budget Information

AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program – This website helps contribute to informed public discussion regarding federal support for R&D by providing timely, objective, and accurate information on federal R&D support. The Program provides statistical and analytical perspectives on R&D funding in one printed annual report and numerous web-based analyses looking at all aspects of the federal R&D Budget. It include both timely and historical budget information on funding for key scientific research agencies 
The Association of American Universities (AAU) – The AAU tracks recent budget information concerning science funding for key research agencies including the NIH, NSF, DOD, DOE and NASA.  

S&T Statistics and Indicators

National Science Foundation Science and Engineering Statistics – This page, produced by the NSF Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) provides links to the latest SRS publications which contain a wide range of current and historical data and analyses about the nation's science and engineering resources.  

NSF Science and Engineering Indicators 2008 – Published every two years by the NSF’s SRS Division, Science and Engineering Indicators provides a broad base of high-quality quantitative information on the U.S. and international science and engineering enterprise.