SIAM is committed to promoting the value of research in applied mathematics and in ensuring the application of high quality research results to solving real world problems through industry, government, and other means to benefit society.
Part of SIAM's role is to provide timely information to its membership regarding science policy and funding. SIAM also provides information to policy makers regarding issues of interest to its members when SIAM member's expertise offers something to contribute to the discussions. SIAM maintains links with several organizations whose role is to coordinate science policy or to advocate for science funding. Among those organizations are the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) and the Computing Research Association (CRA).
In addition to these organizations, SIAM maintains its own presence in Washington, D.C. to coordinate governmental affairs. SIAM's representation is supported by Lewis-Burke and Associates, who provides legislative liaison and information on science policy issues.
SIAM's Vice President for Science Policy chairs the Committee on Science Policy, and is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the SIAM Council and Board of Trustees.
The SIAM President, in consultation with the SIAM Secretary, shall make the at-large appointments to this committee. Committee membership should reflect the breadth and diversity of SIAM. Committee members should have broad knowledge of SIAM and its members.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, SIAM created the Task Force on Future Research Directions for NSF in the Era of COVID-19 under the SIAM Committee on Science Policy (CSP).
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The SIAM Science Policy Fellowship Program enables post-doctoral fellows and early career researchers to be strong advocates for federal investments in applied mathematics and computational science. Three to five fellowship recipients are selected each year to attend the biannual SIAM Committee on Science Policy Meetings in Washington, D.C., interface with federal officials, and participle in an advocacy day on Capitol Hill. Science Policy Fellowships play an important role representing the industrial and applied math community to policy-makers in Washington, D.C.
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