Support Investment in NSF
Congress has started debate on funding levels for federal programs for fiscal year 2018. Please show your support for the National Science Foundation (NSF) by writing to your Senators to ask them to sign a letter in support of funding the agency at $8 billion in 2018.
NSF is the primary federal funding source for basic biological research at our nation’s universities and colleges. The agency provides approximately 68% of extramural federal support for non-medical, fundamental biological and environmental research at academic institutions.
The proposed funding level of at least $8 billion would allow NSF to expand support for early career researchers and to create new interdisciplinary research programs. Moreover, this investment would sustain existing research and education programs that are vital to U.S. competitiveness.
Please take a moment to ask your Senators to sign the NSF dear colleague letter led by Senator Markey.
Co-sponsors Needed for Botanical Sciences Legislation
Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives to support the botanical research capacity of the federal government. H.R. 1054, “The Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration and Promotion Act,” is sponsored by Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).
The bill emphasizes the importance of protecting native plants and addresses botanical workforce issues. It would create a new program of botanical science research within the Department of the Interior to help increase federal botanic expertise and would allow Interior to hire additional botanical personnel. The bill would create a student loan repayment program for botanists. It would also create a preference for federal agencies to use locally adapted native plant materials in their land management activities.
The legislation is endorsed by 62 professional organizations, including the Botanical Society of America, which helps to underwrite the AIBS Legislative Action Center.
Please help to secure additional co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle. A strong number of co-sponsors will improve the odds that the legislation is considered in a hearing—the next step of the legislative process after introduction.
Send a letter to your Representative to ask them to co-sponsor the bill.
For more information, read a summary of the bill.
Meet with Congress
Congressional Visits Day
Each year, the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC), a group cochaired by AIBS, hosts a Congressional Visits Day in Washington, DC. This event is an opportunity for scientists to meet with their members of Congress about the importance of federal support for biological research and education. Event participants advocate for federal investments in biological sciences research, with a primary focus on the National Science Foundation, as well as other agencies.
Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits
Each summer, AIBS organizes an opportunity for scientists to inform the nation’s science policy. The Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event enables scientists to meet with their federal or state elected officials and allows policymakers to learn firsthand about the science and research facilities in their district.
Participate on a Federal Advisory Board
Comment on Federal Regulations