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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?

MOST Policy Initiative is funded by many sources, including small grants, major grants, and individual donations. Our annual operating budget is currently approximately $100,000, but wil increase to more than $500,000 when we begin placing fellows in 2020. Each fellow receives a stipend of $50,000 and benefits are covered through the University of Missouri for an additional $18,000/annually; therefore, the direct costs of each fellow are $68,000/year without considering additional program support.

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. See our full list of partners.

How can I support MOST?

You can give to MOST by visiting our direct giving page.

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