The ASBMB works diligently to ensure that researchers' voices are heard so that funding and policy needs are met.

Life science research produces innumerable and invaluable benefits for humanity. We owe a debt of gratitude to the researchers whose hard work and creativity have yielded therapies and technologies that have improved lives and fueled economies.

The ASBMB works to ensure that researchers’ voices are heard in Congress and at federal funding agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Throughout the year, the ASBMB ensures that our members engage with policymakers to advocate for biomedical science funding.

The ASBMB's advocacy activities are supported by the Public Affairs Advisory Committee.

The ASBMB's policy positions

Advocate for sustainable, predictable and increased funding for scientific research. Learn more

Support the next generation of scientists. Learn more

Increase diversity, equity, access and inclusivity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Learn more

Address emerging science related issues e.g. research security, international collaboration, pandemic preparedness, workforce recovery etc. Learn more


ASBMB members advocate for basic science

ASBMB members advocate for basic science

In 65 meetings on Capitol Hill, scientists urged legislators to support budget increases for NIH, NSF and DOE.

Policy news from ASBMB Today
Meet the 2024 ASBMB Advocacy Training Program delegates

The program's sixth cohort will learn how to advocate for science funding and support this summer and will visit Capitol Hill in 2025.

NPA task force releases report on postdoc policies

The National Postdoctoral Association recommends institutions act in eight priority areas to improve the trainee experience.

A call to action: Urge Congress to support scientific research

ASBMB members can write to policymakers to advocate for robust science funding in fiscal year 2025.

Genetics studies have a diversity problem that researchers struggle to fix

Researchers in South Carolina are trying to build a DNA database to better understand how genetics affects health risks. But they’re struggling to recruit enough Black participants.

National Academies propose initiative to sequence all RNA molecules

Unlocking the epitranscriptome could transform health, medicine, agriculture, energy and national security.

Resource guides & issue briefs

National Institutes of Health Diversity Supplements: Pathway to Independence

This issue brief analyzes the unique attributes of each NIH diversity supplement program. Download

Quick guide to the 2023 NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

A issued by the National Institutes of Health requires a data-management and -sharing plan when submitting extramural grant applications. Review the basics of the plan and whether it applies to you in our quick guide. Download

Rights and resources for STEM parents

This guide aims to connect future, expecting or current parents in STEM careers with information on how to navigate family planning and childcare in academia. Within are links to curated resources about your rights, relevant labor policies, groups that support parents/parenting policies, safety guidance during pregnancy and more. Download

LGBTQIA+ resource guide

This guide provides resources for scientists to seeking to participate in LGBTQIA+ advocacy. What’s inside: a link to the ASBMB state and local advocacy toolkit, resources for allies aiming to learn methods for creating inclusive environments for their peers and mentees, and links to LGBTQIA+ organizations. Download

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Finding the funds

Monthly webinars connecting ASBMB members with the unique funding opportunities available to them as BMB scientists.

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Other recent webinars
From the bench to the ballot: Stories from scientists who have run for office

From the bench to the ballot: Stories from scientists who have run for office

This session aims to demystify the path from the bench to the ballot by highlighting the experiences of biochemists and molecular biologists serving in office at various levels. They discuss their career trajectories, their experience running for and serving in office and how they use their scientific background in office. More

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Advocacy toolkit

Best practices for sharing your stories with the policymakers whose decisions affect your work.


Capitol Hill Day

A program that brings trainees from across the country to meet with their congressional leaders in Washington, D.C.


Advocacy Training Program

A three-month externship that provides the skills to create change and to become a leader for those seeking to do the same.


Advocate at the state level

Learn how to conduct a successful advocacy campaign in your state.