In the face of a struggling economy, a crippling debt crisis and increasingly partisan politics, members of Congress are being forced to make tough choices about where federal money should be spent. Because of our nation’s fiscal austerity, science funding agencies, like the National Institutes of Health, are forced to deal with ever-tightening budgets and record-low success rates. The research community can’t let Congress forget critical importance of federal funding for basic research. Let’s let Congress know that there are thousands of researchers across the country who think science funding is vitally important for both the health and economic future of our nation.
Every August members of Congress leave Washington and return to their home districts to meet with constituents. This being an election year, local meetings with constituents will be more valuable than ever. ASBMB has challenged our members to schedule 100 meeting with their Congressmen and women over the summer. Only with your help can we convey the importance of a sustained federal investment in basic research, especially at this critical time.
The ASBMB Public Affairs staff can help you contact your members of Congress, schedule a local meeting and provide you with meeting talking points and district/state-specific information that will show the economic and health benefits of NIH-funded research. The Public Affairs staff will be hosting a series of webinars that can give our members advocacy training, so you will be fully prepared to meet with your member of Congress and highlight the groundbreaking research happening in your own lab and at your institution, thanks to federal funding. The first webinar is Wednesday, July 11 at 2 PM Eastern. You can find information on the webinars and register here.
If you would like to participate in the 100 Meeting Challenge and meet with your members of Congress over the summer please email Benjamin Corb, the ASBMB Director of Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please don’t miss this opportunity to be an advocate for biomedical research. We need YOU to be a voice for research funding!