Urgent: NSF Funding at Risk
On April 19, 2016, a Senate panel approved a plan to flat fund the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2017. That means that NSF won’t have any additional funding next year to support new programs or expand existing activities.
Funding rates at NSF are already woefully inadequate. After a decade of shrinking success rates, NSF funds less than 10 percent of research proposals in several biological programs. This is especially troubling, as NSF is the primary source (approximately 68 percent) of federal funding for non-medical, fundamental biological research conducted at universities and nonprofit research centers.
Without additional funding for NSF, new scientific discoveries will be delayed or prevented, and NSF’s ability to support existing programs will erode.
Please take a few minutes to write to your Senator, if they sit on the Senate Appropriations Committee. (If you live in any of the following states, your Senator is on Appropriations: AL, AK, AR, CA, CT, DE, HI, IL, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MO, MS, MT, ND, NH, NM, OK, OR, RI, SC, TN, VT, WA, WI, WV)
Time is of the essence, as the panel is scheduled to consider the funding bill again tomorrow. This is our last chance to have an impact on the NSF funding level before the bill comes to the Senate floor.
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