Supporting Resources

While scientists carry out research in labs across the country, important decisions are being made in Washington, DC that will affect how they do their jobs, such as future funding levels for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Most members of Congress do not have a scientific background; therefore lawmakers need to hear from you about why these issues are important. As a scientist and a constituent, you have a unique opportunity to have input in the decision making process.

Biomedical Research Benefits

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.

Breakthroughs in Bioscience

Breakthroughs in Bioscience is an excellent series of articles produced by FASEB that tell the stories behind various medical advancements, like the discovery of insulin or how snake venom improved treatment options for hypertension.

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.

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