Become an Advocate
FASEB Capitol Hill Day
Each year, FASEB hosts its Capitol Hill Day. In 2023, scientists/advocates representing 25 scientific societies visited Capitol Hill to urge their senators and representatives to provide sustainable and predictable federal funding for scientific research in fiscal year 2024. Many lawmakers indicated they would support our 2024 funding requests. This is a great start but we must keep up the pressure on our elected officials.
Advocate Spotlight: Michael Schaller and Eric Kelly
Recognizing their students and postdocs weren’t being exposed to legislative advocacy as part of their core training, Michael Schaller and Eric Kelly of West Virginia University School of Medicine have designed a series of workshops that feature a mock Capitol Hill Day to illustrate to young investigators that advocacy is an essential skill for every scientist.
Make Your Voice Heard
FASEB represents more than 110,000 scientists through collaborative advocacy with constituent societies. Help us amplify the impact of our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill by taking action in your home state/community.
Advocacy at Home
You do not need to come to Washington to be an effective advocate! Elected officials need to hear from their constituents in their home states.
Use the resources below to communicate with your elected officials to urge them to support increased funding for research.
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.
Connect on Social Media
Social media have changed the way the public communicates with policymakers. Join the conversation.
Sign up to receive alerts about important science policy issues.
Host a Lab Visit
Invite officials to see your research in person.
Review the CHIPS and Science Act
Learn about new funding for science agencies.