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
- Advocate for sustainable, predictable and increased funding for scientific research.
- Support the next generation of scientists.
- Increase diversity, equity, access and inclusivity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
- Address emerging science related issues e.g. research security, international collaboration, pandemic preparedness, workforce recovery etc.
A call to action: Urge Congress to support scientific research
The ASBMB is advocating for a sustained or increased NIH budget; we need our members to email their elected officials.
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August is National Breastfeeding Month.
“The world is now facing some of its most challenging issues…. Research shows that bringing diversity to the table can help,” writes Jacob Carter of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
This marks a culture shift among scientists.
ASBMB committee members and staff educate congressional staffers on biochemistry with an immunoassay demonstration.
The ASBMB's position on various issues relating to the scientific community.
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Correspondence with members of Congress, federal agencies and other entities.
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Rights and resources for STEM parents
This guide aims to connect future, expecting or current parents in STEM careers with information on how to navigate family planning and childcare in academia. Within are links to curated resources about your rights, relevant labor policies, groups that support parents/parenting policies, safety guidance during pregnancy and more. Download
LGBTQIA+ resource guide
This guide provides resources for scientists to seeking to participate in LGBTQIA+ advocacy. What’s inside: a link to the ASBMB state and local advocacy toolkit, resources for allies aiming to learn methods for creating inclusive environments for their peers and mentees, and links to LGBTQIA+ organizations. Download
Quick guide to the 2023 NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy
A new policy issued by the National Institutes of Health requires a data-management and -sharing plan when submitting extramural grant applications. Review the basics of the plan and whether it applies to you in our quick guide. Download
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Finding the funds: NIEHS funding and training opportunities
Discover the many ways you can get funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and learn more about the NIEHS's mission, relevant divisions and training opportunities.
Finding the funds: NIA funding and training opportunities
Learn about the National Institute on Aging and understand the scope of research NIA supports and the many opportunities and resources for investigators, especially in their early career, to collaborate and receive funding from NIA. More
Finding the funds: NIGMS funding and training opportunities
Hear about NIGMS' mission, divisions and funding priorities and learn about the many career development fellowships, training and research awards that NIGMS offers. More
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