s Advocacy Center helps you to stay informed and become a science advocate.
The APS Early Career Advocacy Fellowship program seeks to engage early career investigators in advocacy activities and provide them with skills to become long-term advocates for scientific research. We are currently accepting applications. The deadline is November 13, 2015.
APS is holding a Hill Day September 21, reaching out to Congress to advocate for increased funding for biomedical research, lifting of the budget caps (sequester) which hinder these increases, and an easing of restrictions on the travel of government researchers.
Pointers to help you hone your science communication skills.
There are many ways to get started advocating for science issues. Here are some ideas.
The Golden Goose Award recognizes scientists whose federally funded research has had significant human and economic benefits.
An explanation from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences on role played by basic research in medical discovery.
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.
These NIH fact sheets outline recent medical advances and are an excellent advocacy resource.
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. (Do not send letters because all Congressional mail is screened off-site and may be delayed significantly.)