Ask Your Members of Congress to Fund Science, Complete FY 2020 Appropriations
Update: Fiscal year 2020 appropriations, in the form of two spending packages, were signed into law on December 20, 2019. Read more.
Congress has yet to pass legislation providing fiscal year (FY) 2020 funding for science. Government agencies, including the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, have been operating under FY 2019 funding levels since FY 2020 began on October 1, 2019.
More than two months into FY 2020, Congress has passed two continuing resolutions to avert government shutdowns, but this stopgap approach expires on December 20 and stifles the government’s ability to initiate new programs.
Please show your support for science by asking your members of Congress to complete work on FY 2020 appropriations bills. Please request that they provide the NSF with at least $9 billion in FY 2020.
NSF is the primary federal funding source for fundamental biological research at our nation’s universities and colleges. The agency provides nearly 69% of funding support for non-medical, fundamental biological and environmental research at academic institutions. Uncertainty in its funding allocations hinders scientific progress.
If funded at $9 billion, NSF can accelerate progress on its 10 Big Ideas, expand support for early career researchers, and create new interdisciplinary research programs. This investment will sustain core research and education programs that are vital to U.S. competitiveness.
Please take a moment to ask your members of Congress to complete work on the FY 2020 appropriations and to provide the NSF with at least $9 billion in FY 2020.
Meet with Congress
Congressional Visits Day
Each year, 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