FASEB SCIENTISTS TRAVEL TO CAPITOL HILL TO ADVOCATE FOR FEDERAL SCIENCE FUNDING Created by on 04/08/2011
Twenty-four scientists from 16 states came to Washington, D.C on March 29, 2011 to advocate for increased funding for federal science agencies as part of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology’s (FASEB’s) annual Capitol Hill Day. Led by FASEB President Dr. William Talman, the scientists voiced concerns about the fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget and presented FASEB’s FY 2012 funding recommendations of $35 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $7.80 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Participants attended a total of 45 congressional meetings, including visits to nine members of the Appropriations Committees and seven freshmen offices. A short video of the Capitol Hill Day is available on FASEB’s website.
During the Capitol Hill Day meetings, FASEB scientists described how NIH and NSF grants have funded critical research projects and training at their institutions. Although most members of Congress were cautious about voicing support for specific FY 2012 funding levels at this point in the budget process, nearly all of those who met with FASEB expressed an understanding of the value of biomedical research. Congressional staff members were especially gratified to receive state-specific information on NIH funding and the local research it supports, as well as FASEB’s analysis of the impact of proposed cuts to the NIH budget. Many offices said they hoped constituents would continue to provide personal examples that illustrate the importance of federal science funding to individuals across the country.