As Congress’ August recess approaches, the gun violence prevention community has been collectively advocating for appropriate federal funding for gun violence research. Thursday, July 25 marked a coordinated day of action urging the Senate to follow the House’s lead in passing an appropriations bill with $50 million in dedicated funding for gun violence research, split between the CDC and NIH (the House included such funding in their appropriations bill passed in May). Thank you to the Consortium members and other academics who took action (you can still search or use the hashtag #FundGVPResearch on twitter) and to those who shared quotes with us on the importance of such funding.
As a quick update on where this funding now stands, the Senate is set to vote on a negotiated budget deal tomorrow (August 1) but will be considering their specific appropriations bills after their August recess, so please continue contacting your Senators and ask them to support dedicated funding for gun violence research. For more on the current push for funding, please see Ed Fund Director of Federal Affairs Dakota Jablon’s June op ed about research funding in The Hill. If you are interested in receiving action alerts specifically designed for gun violence researchers, please email email@example.com.
In the absence of federal funding, foundations have stepped up to fill this void. Last week, the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research announced $9.8 million in grants for 17 research projects on topics including suicide, school violence, officer-involved shootings, and firearm safety. Congratulations to all who received funding, including Consortium members David Hemenway and Matt Miller, as well as researchers who have contributed to Consortium meetings and reports Rose Kagawa and Deborah Azrael. A second call for proposals will be issued in January, 2020.
Finally, Ed Fund Policy Analyst Lisa Geller published an op ed in the Orlando Sentinel on firearm removal in cases of domestic violence, citing the Consortium’s 2016 report on that topic along with the Ed Fund’s Disarm Domestic Violence project. We love to share pieces like this in this newsletter and on twitter, so please continue to send us your work.
July’s research recap is below.