The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently asked the American public to help make science and technology inclusive and benefit all Americans. David Lockett, grants proposal development and awards management specialist, is among a group of early career voices that accepted the challenge.
Lockett was an invited attendee for a workshop designed to respond to the OSTP ideation challenge “The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science and Technology. The event was held by the Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) in collaboration with the Science and Technology Policy Program at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Participants discussed three barriers to equitable science and technology, based on findings from three independent, winning studies published in the JSPG Special Issue on Shaping the Future of Science Policy in 2021.
“As a collective across various science disciplines, the next generation crafted and contributed a post that encompassed a central question, how can we guarantee that all Americans can fully participate in, and contribute to, science and technology?” says Lockett.
Their group submission to the OSTP outlines solutions that include the coordination of resources in rural areas, applying grants to translation services to diversify the STEM academic community, and frameworks that attract public stakeholders to evaluate research. A full recap of the workshop is available on the JSPG website.