s Advocacy Center helps you to stay informed and become a science advocate.
People are eager for the benefits of research, but they may be confused and frustrated by contradictory findings and a lack of definitive answers. Scientists have a responsibility to give their fellow citizens insight into how the process of scientific discovery works. They also need to make the case for why biomedical research is a good investment of tax dollars.
There are many ways to get started advocating for science issues. Here are some ideas.
Six points to keep in mind in any advocacy situation.
The FASEB Annual Funding Report makes recommendations for federal funding levels for NIH, NSF, USDA, the Department of Energy Office of Science, and Veterans Affairs Medical and Prosthetic Program
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.
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.)