APS ACE members Sarah Clayton, Gaylen Edwards, and Pascale Lane visit Capitol Hill.In order for life-saving research to continue, it is important that supporters keep Congress, and the general public, aware of the issues at stake and the impact decisions will have. APSs Advocacy Center helps you to stay informed and become a science advocate.

Advocacy Resources

Remind Congress Why Biomedical Research is Important

To increase support in Congress, the APS Office of Science Policy has prepared a model letter about the importance of biomedical research.

How You Can Help

There are many ways to get started advocating for science issues. Here are some ideas.

Finding Advocacy Opportunities: How Can Scientists Make A Difference

Scientists are at the forefront of biomedical advances, so who better to explain the importance of research, the need for animal models, and the care that the animals receive?

Tips for Talking about Issues

Six points to keep in mind whenever talking to your legislators or their staff.

Contacting Congress

Meeting with Your Legislators: A Checklist

Before meeting with Members of Congress or their staff, it is helpful to know a few basic facts about the legislator and the district to give you some idea about how to approach your conversation.

Meeting in Person

Personal meetings in either Washington, DC or home district offices are effective ways to communicate your views and establish relationships with your elected representatives.

Placing a Phone Call

If you don’t have the time or opportunity to set up a personal meeting, a phone call to the legislator’s office is another option.

Written Communication

Email is another option.

Is This Kind of Communication Considered Lobbying?

The definition of lobbying is generally considered to be communications intended to influence specific legislation.

Why Biomedical Research?

NIGMS's "Why Do Basic Research?"

An explanation from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences on role played by basic research in medical discovery.

Breakthroughs in Bioscience

Breakthroughs in Bioscience is an excellent series of articles telling the stories behind various medical advancements, like the discovery of insulin or how snake venom improved treatment options for hypertension. (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology)

In Your Own Backyard: How NIH Funding Helps Your State's Economy

This report from Families USA illustrates the economic benefits of funding medical research.

NIH Research Results Fact Sheets

A series of fact sheets developed by NIH to outline advances made on a wide array of medical concerns.

Serendipity of Science

In this brochure PDF the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology explains why it is not so easy to predict from where the next breakthrough will come.