How does this program benefit Missouri?
The benefits of this partnership and fellowship program are countless, allowing Missouri to maintain and advance its standing as a leading state in research and development, agricultural and environmental management, and health care.
What would this program look like in Jefferson City?
Fellows would help with the following tasks:
- Provide guidance to legislators when drafting bills and voting on legislation
- Train legislators and staff on finding reputable research
How much funding is needed for the fellowships?
Before MOST can begin working with the Missouri legislature, we must first establish a governing structure for the program, grow legislative support, and acquire funding for the planning process and a sustainable fellowship program support. Planning funds will include stipends for the individuals coordinating partner meetings and legislative research, as well as potential legal fees associated with placement logistics and non-profit organization formation. We will need approximately $100,000 for the development stage.
Do other states have similar programs?
California established a Science and Technology Policy Fellowship through the California Council of Science and Technology in 2008. Several other states have begun the process to form science and technology policy fellowships including Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Washington, Alabama, California, and Wisconsin.
Who is supporting MOST right now?
MOST is a partnership with higher education institutions, legislators, and agencies across the state. For our full list of partners, visit mostpolicyfellows.wordpress.com/supporters.
How can I support MOST?
You can give to MOST by designating funds to “Missouri Science and Technology Policy Fellowship” at giving.missouri.edu. You can also support MOST by sharing information with your friends, colleagues, and interested partners.