Become an Advocate

FASEB represents more than 125,000 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 key is to evaluate your goals, the specific context and messages, and weave them together into a winning mix.

Join our advocacy efforts to ensure the U.S. continues to be a hub for innovation and scientific discovery. The resources below provide a set of practical tools 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  

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