Advocacy and Outreach
APS ACE members Sarah Clayton, Gaylen Edwards, and Pascale Lane visit Capitol Hill.APSs Advocacy Center helps you to stay informed and become a science advocate.

Advocacy Resources

Getting Started

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

Tips for Talking about Issues

Six points to keep in mind in any advocacy situation.

Science Policy Fellowships

A list of science policy fellowships offered by various scientific organizations. [PDF]

VIDEO: Science Advocacy Symposium—“How to Be a Science Advocate in Your Own Backyard”

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)

Contacting Congress

Meeting with Your Legislators: A Checklist

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 in Person

Meeting Senators and Representatives either in Washington or back home in the district lets you state your views and start establishing a personal relationship.

Placing a Phone Call

If you don’t have the time to set up a meeting, you can simply call the Member’s office to state your views.

Written Communication

Sending an email is an easy and convenient way to contact Members of Congress.

Supporting Resources

NIGMS's "Curiosity Creates Cures"

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

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 Disease Updates

These NIH fact sheets outline recent medical advances and are an excellent advocacy resource.

An Economic Engine, a report by United for Medical Research

The report examines the output and employment effects of 2010 NIH extramural research funding and the Stimulus.

State & District Specific Federal Science Funding Information Factsheets

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.

The Value of Biomedical Research: Why Industry Can't Do It Alone

A one page handout by FASEB explaining how federally funding research plays a unique role in the discovery process.