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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 Testimony 2017

The APS supports a funding level for NIH of at least $35 billion in FY 2017. (PDF)

NSF & NASA FY 2017

The APS supports a net level of $7.96 billion for NSF's FY 2017 budget, a restoration of cuts to NASA’s life sciences research budgets, and an increase in funding for the Human Research Program. (PDF)

VA FY 2017

The APS recommends that the VA Medical and Prosthetic Research Program be funded at a level of $664.7 million in FY 2017. (PDF)

Comments & Letters

APS Statement on Taxation of Graduate Student Tuition Waivers

The APS urges Congress to preserve the current tax exempt status of tuition waivers for graduate students who serve as teaching or research assistants.

APS Letter on Canine Research at VA

Letter from APS President Dennis Brown to the chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees responsible for VA funding that underscores the importance of research with dogs as part of efforts to develop treatments for serious medical conditions affecting veterans.

APS Letter on the FACT Act

APS letter to Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) about the The Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing (FACT) Act, which aims to encourage non-animal methods of testing and research but would not effectively result in improved animal welfare.

APS Advocacy

APS Members Urge Congress to Invest in Research, Regulate Sensibly

2014 coverage of the Capitol Hill visits by the Science Policy Committee and the Animal Care and Experimentation Committee in The Physiologist.

APS Committees Visit Capitol Hill

2013: The Physiologist coverage of two APS Committees' Hill Days.

Science Policy Committee Meets with NHLBI Director

2012: The APS President Sue Barman and the Science Policy Committee met with NHLBI Director Garry Gibbons Oct 2.