About Us

Building a stronger social and behavioral science research community, together

The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to promote and advance the social and behavioral sciences in federal policymaking. Headquartered in Washington, DC, COSSA serves as a united voice for organizations, institutions, communities, and stakeholders who care about a successful and vibrant social science research enterprise. COSSA’s policy experts work with a broad network of advocates to ensure sustainable federal funding for social and behavioral science research and the widespread use of our sciences in policymaking.

The COSSA membership includes professional associations, scientific societies, research centers and institutes, colleges and universities, and industry affiliates.

Among COSSA’s policy priorities are to:

  • Champion robust, sustained funding for federally supported social and behavioral science research, and STEM research and education more broadly.
  • Support and strengthen the federal statistical and data enterprise.
  • Expand the use of social and behavioral science and data in policymaking.
  • Advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in science.

COSSA is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.