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#NSFMatters Toolkit

 

Quickly educate your state and local policymakers, scientist colleagues, and your local scientific community on the importance of NSF-funded research. The NSF is poised to seize new scientific opportunities to enhance our every day lives, our nation, and our world, but it needs adequate resources to carry out its mission . . . because NSF Matters to everyone.

Key Messages  |  Sample Social Media Posts  |  Sample Graphics

 

Key Messages


NSF Matters is a campaign for state and local policymakers, scientists, and local scientific communities that highlights an array of NSF-funded research projects and the importance of increasing federal support to NSF.
 

Quality of life

  • NSF invests in basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms our future.
  • NSF plays a key role in driving discovery and developing creative solutions to societal problems.
  • Much of what you encounter every day in the modern world is the result of research funded by the NSF – from the internet to MRI scans and more. 


Economic benefits

  • NSF funds high-risk, high-reward research, which leads to new industries and jobs.
  • NSF provides indispensable financial support to colleges, universities, and national labs, enabling cutting-edge research in all 50 states and worldwide.
  • NSF-supported graduates supply the talent needed in high-tech industries, which fuel U.S. economic growth.


Educating the next generation of scientists

  • NSF’s support of STEM education translates into a well-prepared, innovative STEM workforce – crucial to our nation's prosperity and security. 
  • The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps educate the scientific and engineering leaders of the future.

Sample Social Media Posts


Share a few of the example talking points below with your congressional representatives, colleagues, and local scientific community or draft your own from the key messages. You can find the twitter handles of your congressional representatives on their websites, in FASEB’s Legislative Action Center (see “Find Politicians”), or on this list from CSPAN.

Twitter

  • #DYK @NSF is the cornerstone of our nation’s scienti­fic enterprise. Web browsers, modern weather forecasting, barcodes, and MRIs are just a few of the tangible bene­fits enabled by NSF-funded research. #RaiseTheCaps for @NSF because #NSFMatters. http://bit.ly/2YQXCyn
  • #DYK Much of what you encounter every day in the modern world is the result of research funded by @NSF – from the internet to MRI scans and more. #RaiseTheCaps for @NSF because #NSFMatters. http://bit.ly/2YQXCyn
  • The @NSF budget has remained flat for 15 years. Join me in asking the federal government to renew its commitment to fund fundamental, discovery-based science . . . because #NSFMatters. Here’s why: http://bit.ly/2YQXCyn
  • Explore research outcomes made possible by the @NSF that help fuel the U.S. economy, enhance national security, and advance knowledge. Find out why #NSFMatters and #RaiseTheCaps. http://bit.ly/2YQXCyn
  • Federal funding for the @NSF has not kept pace with funding for other science agencies. FASEB recommends $9 billion in funding for FY 2020 because #NSFMatters. Here’s why: http://bit.ly/2YQXCyn #RaiseTheCaps

 

Facebook

  • Did You Know? The National Science Foundation has supported the work of 236 Nobel Laureates, including winners of the 2018 Nobel prizes in Chemistry, Physics, and Economics. Yet, federal funding for the NSF has remained flat for the past 15 years. FASEB is asking policymakers to increase the NSF’s budget to $9 billion in FY 2020 . . . because the NSF Matters. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2YQXCyn
  • NSF is the cornerstone of our nation’s scienti­fic enterprise. Web browsers, modern weather forecasting, barcodes, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are just a few of the tangible benefi­ts enabled by NSF-funded research. The NSF is poised to seize new scientific opportunities to enhance our every day lives, but it needs adequate resources to carry out its mission . . . because NSF Matters. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2YQXCyn
  • Did You Know? Funding the National Science Foundation at a level of at least $9 billion in FY 2020 would allow the agency to support about 1,000 additional research grants. Why? Because the NSF Matters. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2YQXCyn
  • Robust, predictable federal support for science allows us to deepen our knowledge and pave the way for more discoveries. The National Science Foundation is poised to seize new scientific opportunities to enhance our every day lives, our nation, and our world, but it needs adequate resources to carry out its mission. See why NSF Matters: http://bit.ly/2YQXCyn

Sample Graphics


Use these images to accompany your posts on Twitter and Facebook. Right-click on the image to upload it with your posts.