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.

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Your Advocacy Toolkit

Request a Meeting

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

Request a Meeting




Plan a congressional visit

Do your homework to effectively engage policymakers 

Plan a congressional visit




Share your story

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

Plan a congressional visit




Write to congress

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

Write to congress




Attend a local meeting

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

Attend a local meeting




Get the word out

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

Get the word out




Connect on Social Media

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

Connect on Social Media




Legislative action center

Sign up to receive alerts about important science policy issues

Legislative action center




Host a lab visit

Invite officials to see your research in person

Host a lab visit