s Advocacy Center helps you to stay informed and become a science advocate.
There are many ways to get started advocating for science issues. Here are some ideas.
Six points to keep in mind in any advocacy situation.
A list of science policy fellowships offered by various scientific organizations. [PDF]
Although scientists understand the importance of advocacy, some may not know how to get started or lack the time to initiate or undertake their own advocacy programs. This video recording of the EB 2013 symposium offers some practical advice for getting started. (QuickTime Video)
Before meeting with Members of Congress or their staff, get some basic facts about them and their district to help you prepare. (Hint: Start by reading the Member’s biography on his/her website.)
Meeting Senators and Representatives either in Washington or back home in the district lets you state your views and start establishing a personal relationship.
If you don’t have the time to set up a meeting, you can simply call the Member’s office to state your views.
Sending an email is an easy and convenient way to contact Members of Congress.
An explanation from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences on role played by basic research in medical discovery.
This report from Families USA illustrates the economic benefits of funding medical research.
These NIH fact sheets outline recent medical advances and are an excellent advocacy resource.
The report examines the output and employment effects of 2010 NIH extramural research funding and the Stimulus.
District and State factsheets created by FASEB that outline the number of institutions receiving funding, the total amount of funding, and the number of grants received from various federal funding agencies for Congressional districts.
A one page handout by FASEB explaining how federally funding research plays a unique role in the discovery process.