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

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)

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.

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.

Do Your Homework

Before going into a meeting, make sure you know a bit about your legislator and about your opposition.

Talking Points for Biomedical Research

Talking points for the value of biomedical research.

How You Can Help

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

Public Outreach—A Toolkit for Investigators

Online versions and a text summary of the presentations given at the EB2012 Animal research& Public Outreach symposium. The symposium featured insights into public outreach from a researcher, a laboratory animal veterinarian, and a media relations expert, each one experienced in standing up to animal rights tactics.

Other Advocacy Sites

More helpful advocacy resources.

Government Resources

Official government websites with helpful information for a science advocate.

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?

Exceptional Returns: The Economic Value of America's Investment in Medical Research

PDF from The Medical Journal of Australia examining the economic benefits of investing in medical research.

Live Long and Prosper: Examining the Economic Value of Medical Research

A summary of research by Kevin Murphy and Robert Topel on the economic benefits of medical advancement.

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.

Beyond Discovery: The Path from Research to Human Benefit

The National Academies offers articles outlining how basic science has contributed to technological and medical advances.

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. It is produces by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Fulfilling the Promise

The Association of American Medical Colleges reports on the progress academic medicine is making in research efforts to improve the nation's health.

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.

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.

NIH Research Results Fact Sheets

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