Become an Advocate


FASEB represents more than 130,000 scientists and engineers through collaborative advocacy with constituent societies. Our top priority is urging Congress to provide sustainable and predictable federal funding for scientific research.

But it’s not enough for organizations like FASEB to advocate for science—policymakers want to hear from constituents, too. There are many ways to deliver messages, ranging from privately meeting your legislator to attending a campaign event or town-hall meeting.

The White House recently proposed significant cuts to the budgets for federal science agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Join our advocacy efforts to fight the cuts and ensure the U.S. continues to be a hub for innovation and scientific discovery. The resources below provide a set of practical tools and actions you can take to communicate with elected officials and the public.

Your Advocacy Toolkit

Request a meeting
Meeting with federal lawmakers is a good way to advocate for scientific research

Plan a congressional visit
Do your homework to effectively engage policymakers

Share your story
Tell a personal story and provide specific examples of how your research improves public health or economic vitality 

Write to Congress
Checking in after a meeting is a critical next step in forming a good relationship with members of Congress and staff 

Attend a local meeting
When there is limited time to present your case, it’s important to be prepared

Get the word out
Newspaper commentaries and letters-to-the-editor are widely read by elected officials, their aides, and the public 

Connect on social media
Social media has changed the way the public communicates with policymakers. Join the conversation  

Legislative action center
Sign up to receive alerts about important science policy issues 

Host a lab visit
Invite officials to see your research in person





Stay Informed





Science Policy News

FASEB Submits Comments to NIH Report on Sexual Harrassment
Posted on: February 5, 2020
FASEB Submits Comments to NIH ORIP
Posted on: February 4, 2020
FASEB Webinar - Excellence in Science Awards: Opportunity and Eligibility for 2021
Posted on: January 30, 2020
Leadership Opportunity for Early-Career Scientists and Trainees
Posted on: January 24, 2020
FASEB & NIH NIGMS Present: Diversifying the Research Organism Landscape Webinar
Posted on: January 6, 2020
FASEB Statement on (FY) 2020 Appropriations Packages
Posted on: December 17, 2019
FASEB Provides Feedback on Draft NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan
Posted on: December 11, 2019
FASEB Submits Comments to OSTP on Research Environments
Posted on: December 11, 2019
FASEB Encourages Negotiations to Finish the FY 2020 Budget
Posted on: November 13, 2019
FASEB Endorses the American Cures Act and the American Innovation Act
Posted on: November 13, 2019

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