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 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.


Remote study sections

The coronavirus pandemic has forced federal agencies to move study sections to virtual settings, allowing reviews to continue while also allowing reviewers to follow federal guidance restricting travel and personal interactions.

In an effort to measure and understand the impact that remote peer review might have on science (positive or negative) the ASBMB encourages you to take a moment and share your thoughts and experiences regarding online study sections.

Policy news
Ex-Emory neuroscientist pleads guilty; fired Cleveland Clinic geneticist arrested

Department of Justice continues to pursue scientists who fail to disclose ties to China’s Thousand Talents Program.

Out of my comfort zone: How I use science to influence policy

When Amanda Koch realized that elected officials often do not make evidence-based decisions, she decided she wanted her scientific voice to be heard in politics.

Federal agencies struggle to address sexual harassment in STEM research

A Q&A with John Neumann of the General Accountability Office, whose team produced a report in March on federal funding agencies’ dealings with sexual harassment.

Podcast series documents COVID-19 experiences

Special series of Pipettes & Politics includes interviews with faculty members, a first responder, NIGMS leader Jon Lorsch and others.

Funding agencies relax rules amid pandemic

A roundup of how the NIH, NSF and DOE are accommodating grant applicants and recipients during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Protecting American science and its international collaborators

Lawyer and professor Frank Wu spoke about research integrity, legal cases against scientists and foreign influences on federally funded research.

Share your thoughts on remote study sections

Are you serving on a grant-review panel from afar? We want to know how your experience is going.

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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.


COVID-19 interruptions to NIH research

Join the ASBMB for a webinar with Michael Lauer and Jodi Black of the National Institutes of Health on understanding the funding implications of, and relief options for, the scientific community provided by the recently passed COVID-19 stimulus package — the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economy Security or CARES Act.

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More webinars
Protecting American science — and the international collaborators critical to its success

Protecting American science — and the international collaborators critical to its success

A webinar on policies, new and old, to promote research security and protect against foreign influence. With guest speaker Frank H. Wu. More

Procuring, administering and negotiating corporate funding for research

Procuring, administering and negotiating corporate funding for research

This webinar explores how scientists can obtain funding from corporations and other private entities to their support research. More