The Center of Science, Policy and Society Programs (CSPSP) serves society, government, and the research community through a diverse set of activities. Its programs address several objectives of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), including furthering the work of scientists, improving the effectiveness of science in the promotion of human welfare, and fostering scientific freedom and responsibility.
The four CSPSP units include:
Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER)  DoSER develops workshops and training seminars, organizes forums and conferences, and sponsors multidisciplinary research and study projects to foster meaningful communication between the scientific and religious communities.
Research Competitiveness Program (RCP)  RCP assists universities and other R&D institutions in enhancing their research capabilities, and guides governments and others in making sound investments in science and innovation. To accomplish this work, RCP draws on a network of experts that includes researchers from all areas of science and technology; leaders from academic and government institutions; persons experienced in product development and technology transfer; and entrepreneurs and business managers from all fields.
Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights, and Law Program (SRHRL)  SRHRL addresses ethical, legal and human rights issues related to the conduct of science and its application. Such issues include those related to defending the freedom to engage in scientific inquiry, pioneering the application of science and technology to document human rights violations, and promoting responsible research practices.
Science & Technology Policy Fellowships  The Fellowships program offers opportunities for scientists and engineers to help shape science and technology policy in Washington, DC, for one year. The placements provide the opportunity for accomplished scientists and engineers to participate in and contribute to the federal policymaking process while learning firsthand about the intersection of science and policy.
Working with the Office of Government Relations  and the R&D Budget Policy Program , the Center plays a leading role in producing the weekly Policy Alert; the annual S&T Policy Forum; and the annual Leadership Seminar in S&T Policy.