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

  • Provide a predictable and sustainable funding environment for biomedical research.
  • Enact policies that both strengthen and diversify the STEM workforce.
  • Support international scientific collaboration and international scientists.

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News from the Hill

Recap: 2022 ASBMB Capitol Hill Day

Recap: 2022 ASBMB Capitol Hill Day

Twenty-six participants in 19 states connected with officials and staffers in 59 meetings to advocate for science funding and support.

Policy news from ASBMB Today
FASEB and NIH partner on DataWorks! Prize

Contest highlights power of data sharing and reuse and rewards innovators.

Meet the 2022 ASBMB Advocacy Training Program delegates

The fourth cohort of the ASBMB ATP will learn how to advocate for science policy this summer.

I took the NIH implicit bias training

"As important as it is to raise awareness of implicit biases, the truth is that NIH needs to deal with explicit biases."

NIH data-sharing requirements: a big step toward more open science

The director of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Open Programs Office weighs in.

A scientist on Capitol Hill

Anita Burgos shares with our careers columnist what it's like to be a science policy adviser.

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Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award
Kizzmekia Corbett

Kizzmekia Corbett is the 2021 recipient of the ASBMB Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award for her instrumental role in developing an mRNA-based vaccine utilized by Moderna against COVID-19, as well as her time in underserved communities as an advocate of STEM education and vaccine awareness.

Learn more about the award

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Advocacy toolkit

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

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Capitol Hill Day

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

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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.