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

  • Protect American innovators by promoting an environment supportive of discovery.
  • Enact policies that strengthen the American scientific workforce.
  • Provide a predictable and sustainable funding environment for biomedical research.

Podcast

Listen to the latest episode of the ASBMB's science policy podcast with Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb.

Find all of the Pipettes & Politics episodes on Soundcloud, or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

COVID-19 resources

Many funding agencies have released guidance and resources relating to the impact of COVID-19 on research.

Policy news
Scientists must speak out against 'immune-boosting' supplements

Supplements that claim to supercharge your T-cells, make your antibodies hum and otherwise make you invincible are all bunk, and scientists should speak out more about this misinformation.

Personal chemistry: Proteomics tackles privacy concerns

Sharing raw data is an important norm for the proteomics community. But as clinical studies become more detailed, researchers may need to clamp down to protect patient privacy.

What does full FDA approval of a vaccine do if it’s already authorized for emergency use?

While emergency use authorization gets vaccines out to the public more quickly, it doesn’t skip any steps that full approval requires.

Society news briefs

Find out everything that’s been going on lately with the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Steps for getting started in science policy

“Science policy is a fast-paced field. You must be able to shift quickly between priorities and projects, sometimes in response to what’s going on that week in federal policy.”

Necessary or not, COVID booster shots are probably on the horizon

In today’s pharmaceutical universe, a simple “safe and effective” determination by the FDA to approve a drug can be manipulated to sell products of questionable value. And drugmakers can profit handsomely

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

Advocacy in action

Position statements

The ASBMB's position on various issues relating to the scientific community.

Letters

The ASBMB engages in correspondence with members of Congress, federal agencies and various other entities.

Congressional testimony

Written testimony that representatives of the ASBMB have given at Congressional hearings.

Press releases

An archive of policy related press releases from the ASBMB.

Unlimited Potential Vanishing Opportunity

A report on the difficulties scientists face in securing federal funds for research.

Toward a Sustainable Biomedical Research Enterprise

Recommendations for improving the sustainability of the research enterprise.

Virtual event

The pandemic's impact on non-COVID research

Non-COVID-19 research has taken a back seat during the pandemic as scientists everywhere scramble to better understand the Sars-CoV-2 virus and develop therapies and vaccines. But it remains important for the scientific community to strongly advocate for sustained investment into non-COVID research. Participants shared their experiences and perspectives to help inform our policy solutions to sustain non-COVID-19 research.

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More webinars
Women in STEM and gendered challenges

Women in STEM and gendered challenges

Domestic and emotional labor disparities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting women scientists’ productivity, which is likely to have long-term effects on their careers. More

International collaboration, immigration and the STEM workforce

International collaboration, immigration and the STEM workforce

The U.S. scientific enterprise relies on attracting talent from and collaborating with leading research institutions and universities all over the world. More