Life science research produces innumerable and invaluable benefits for humanity. We owe a debt of gratitude to the researchers whose curiosity and creativity have yielded therapies and technologies that have improved lives and fueled economies.

The ASBMB works to ensure that researchers’ voices are heard. Throughout the year, the ASBMB provides ways for its members to engage with Congress to ensure that their funding and policy needs are met.

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.


Listen to the latest episode of the ASBMB's science policy podcast in which Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb previews President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address — and what sort of talk about science viewers can expect to hear. Also — his suggestions on what the President can talk about.

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

Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award
France Córdova

The Honorable France Córdova is the 2019 recipient of the ASBMB Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award.

Learn more about the award
Policy news
Congress passes, considers bills promoting diversity in STEM

The Building Blocks of STEM Act creates and expands STEM education initiatives at the National Science Foundation. Other pending legislation would boost minority-serving institutions.

Sexual harassment working group releases report

An NIH group proposes policy changes covering themes of increased transparency, restorative justice and inclusive work environments.

President's budget request includes cuts to science

Trump's budget would reduce nondefense discretionary spending by $40 billion and increase defense spending by $2 billion.

In State of the Union, Trump misrepresents administration’s support for medical research

The society's director of public affairs responds to the president's address.

What not to expect from Trump’s State of the Union address tonight

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Advocacy toolkit

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


Capitol Hill Day

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


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.

Grassroots Advocacy Network

Sign up for alerts about the bills we're tracking and how you can help.

Advocacy in action

Position statements

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


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.


Recommendations for improving the sustainability of the research enterprise.


Procuring, administering and negotiating corporate funding for research

Corporations play a unique role in the research pipeline, providing support to translate important basic research discoveries into treatments, therapies and cures for diseases and addressing important problems. This webinar explores how scientists can obtain, administer and negotiate funding from corporations and other private entities to support research.

Learn from Cherise Kent, Senior Director in Rutgers University’s Corporate Engagement Center, and Phil Thomas, an academic scientist who has founded biomedical companies and consults for private foundations and companies.

More webinars
Systems biology research in DOE's Office of Biological and Enviromental Research

Systems biology research in DOE's Office of Biological and Enviromental Research

Learn about the resources available from the DOE for biochemists and molecular biologists. More

Opportunities and challenges in securing private funding for your research

Opportunities and challenges in securing private funding for your research

This webinar explores how ASBMB members can obtain funding for basic research from private foundations, including disease-oriented and patient-focused philanthropic groups. More