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.

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.

Tips for Talking about Issues

Six points to keep in mind in any advocacy situation.

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.

Is This Kind of Communication Considered Lobbying?

As a citizen, you have the right to make your views known to your elected representatives: Just be sure to do so on your own time!

Why Biomedical Research?

NIGMS's "Curiosity Creates Cures"

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.

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.

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.