Monell Roadmap for Government Relations

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Monell Center for the Chemical Senses





Organization Overview:

Monell’s mission is to improve health and well-being by advancing the scientific understanding of taste, smell, and related senses. Our senses shape our lives in ways we are only beginning to understand. Monell’s cutting-edge research focuses on taste, smell, and related senses to provide a framework for advances across many areas of human health and well-being.  Monell’s research approach is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, sensory psychologists work with biophysicists, chemists with behavioral neuroscientists, environmental scientists with geneticists. Many approaches and tools, ranging from sensory assessment to genetics, are shared across programs, facilitating, and strengthening Monell’s interdisciplinary approach. In 2018, Monell celebrated our 50th year as a world-renowned leader in groundbreaking chemosensory research.

Project Name:

Monell Roadmap for Government Relations
Project Type: 
Strategic Plan; Program Development

Project Overview:

Smell and taste are the least studied of the senses, yet critical to our health and quality of life.  Monell would like to advocate for additional government resources for taste and smell.

Monell has been highly successful in obtaining federal (primarily NIH) funding.  In addition, Monell research has been fundamental to the creation of government policy.  However, Monell has not undertaken an organized effort to create a government relations program.  This project would involve creating a government relations roadmap that will allow Monell to educate policy-makers and advocate to ensure chemosensory science is reflected in policy debates and outcomes. This project will involve at least 8 informational interviews to better understand the Monell mission, capabilities, and culture. We would anticipate interviews with at least one board member, scientist, administrator, the President of the Center, and patient advocacy group. The student will then need to focus this input into a roadmap that would map out Monell’s activities for the next 5 years.

We would anticipate a document describing the types of contacts that we should be targeting (ie US Senate committees, State level organizations, City level etc), recommended types of contacts with such individuals, and sample letters/scripts/emails etc...

Project Timeline:
Timeline is flexible.  No in-person meetings are required.

Loss of smell is a symptom of COVID-19.  This has raised the awareness of taste and smell in the general public that is rare. In order to capitalize on this unique environment,  we would like to start working on this project as soon as possible.

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326