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Research Brief

The Importance of Funding Communities Directly

March 9, 2022 | Public Programs

The ICBOs (Independent Community-based Organizations), a group of fifteen community representatives from communities historically excluded from the sciences, share results from eight years of community-led de-colonial participatory action research. We wrote this white paper to share our findings and recommendations with funders like the National Science Foundation. These findings, recently published in BioScience (, along with preliminary results from our current research, and our lived experiences point towards a critical need to change the existing status quo. The paper provides specific recommendations on how funders can take the lead in creating access, promoting more equitable processes, and providing direct funding to communities historically excluded from the sciences.


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    Principal Investigator
    Cornell University
  • Bobby Wilson
    Co-Principal Investigator
    Metro Atlanta Urban Farm
  • Makeda Cheatom
    Co-Principal Investigator
    WorldBeat Cultural Center
  • John Annoni
    Co-Principal Investigator
    Camp Compass Academy
  • Tanya Schuh
    Co-Principal Investigator
    Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio
  • Citation


    Funding Program: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
    Award Number: 1811234
    Funding Program: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
    Award Number: 1422022
    Resource Type: Research | Research Products
    Discipline: General STEM
    Audience: Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Families | Administration/Leadership/Policymakers | General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists | Evaluators
    Environment Type: Public Programs | Citizen Science Programs
    Access and Inclusion: Ethnic/Racial

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