Tips for Meeting with Members of Congress

Use our tips for meeting with your members of Congress to successfully advocate for biological and biomedical research.

  • Introduce yourself (and meeting participants)
    • Briefly provide your background information and mention that you are a constituent
  • Tell a personal story 
    • Quickly summarize the topic of your research
    • If you receive federal funding, note the agency that supports your research and the specific disease or condition it’s related to
    • Provide examples of new opportunities to expand your area of research and what impact it may have on science and individuals
  • Share what you (or members of your field) hope to accomplish with your research
    • Explain how your area of research improves health, produces new knowledge, creates jobs or supports the local economy
  • Share the impact of federal funding on your state and district
  • Acknowledge the legislator’s previous support of federal funding for researc
  • Make the “ask”
  • Close the meeting
    • Repeat your “ask”
    • Thank the person for meeting with you
    • Leave your contact information  (phone, email, mailing address)
    • Encourage your legislator (and/or their aides) to visit your lab

Talking Points for Meetings with Members of Congress

Updated April 2017

  • Please support the fiscal year (FY) 2017 omnibus funding bill when it is considered in Congress the week of April 24, 2017
  • Failure to pass the omnibus bill will jeopardize the bipartisan $2 billion increase for NIH recommended by the Senate Appropriations Committee, an additional $25 million for agriculture research, and more funds for NSF and Department of Energy Office of Science that were proposed by Congress
  • These funding increases are badly needed to maintain the nation's leadership in science, train the next generation of researchers, provide jobs in local communities, and develop new treatments for diseases