Become an Advocate
FASEB represents more than 130,000 scientists through collaborative advocacy with constituent societies. Our top priority is urging Congress to provide sustainable and predictable federal funding for scientific research.
But our collective advocacy goes only so far—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 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