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The Science Policy Office deals with issues that affect scientists and their work, particularly federal research funding and animal research. Our webpages provide news, background information, action alerts, and insights into becoming an advocate for biomedical research.

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Policy Statements

APS Reaffirms Core Values

The APS is committed to to fostering a diverse and inclusive scientific workforce and to the free exchange of ideas among scientists.

Air Transport of Animals Advances Human and Animal Welfare

Air transportation is essential so scientists can work with animal models that otherwise would not be available for life-saving research. Moreover, it is the most humane transportation option for the animals themselves.

Requirements for APS Journal Authors Reporting Animal Studies

The APS underscores its commitment to the humane treatment of animals by requiring that steps be taken to ensure animal welfare if research studies are to be published in APS journals.

Guiding Principles for the Care and Use of Vertebrate Animals in Research and Training

Animal experiments are to be undertaken only with the purpose of advancing knowledge. Consideration should be given to the appropriateness of experimental procedures, species of animals used, and number of animals required.

APS Condemns Extremism and Harassment

The American Physiological Society unequivocally condemns the targeting of individuals engaged in legitimate scientific inquiry.

Animal Research is Essential to the Search for Cures

A brief statement reaffirming the Society’s commitment to humane animal research.

On the Use of Animals in Teaching

The study of living systems is an essential component of physiology instruction. Teaching laboratories that actively engage students in observation of and interaction with living systems enhance student understanding of physiology.

Using Animals in Teaching: Position Statement Rationale

Position statements are, by definition, brief, and typically do not capture the detailed analysis and discussion of the complex issues that they summarize. Therefore, it is important to provide additional information to help orient the reader to the discussion that shaped the position statement.

Testimony Archive

NIH FY 2019 Testimony

The APS urged Congress to fund NIH at level of at least $39.3 billion in FY 2019. (PDF)

NSF & NASA FY 2019 Testimony

The APS urged Congress to fund NSF at a level of at least $8.45 billion and to restore cuts to NASA's life sciences research budgets. (PDF)

NIH FY 2018 Testimony

The APS supports increasing the NIH budget to at least $35 billion in FY 2018.

Comments & Letters

APS Response to NIH RFI on Coordinating and Harmonizing Regulations and Policies

Comments by APS on NIH’s March 14, 2018 RFI (NOT-OD-18-152) seeking information to improve the coordination of regulations and policies with respect to research with laboratory animals as required by the 21st Century Cures Act.

On NSF Sexual Harassment Reporting Requirements

APS response to NSF's request for public comment on new reporting requirement for sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault

Letter to Appropriations Leadership on NIH FY 2018 Funding

Letter from APS President Dennis Brown to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate appropriations subcommittee that handles NIH funding. A similar letter was also sent to the corresponding House subcommittee leadership.