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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ASBMB supports White House move toward open access

ASBMB supports White House move toward open access

In a statement, the society urged the Office of Science and Technology Policy to ensure that already-strapped scientists won’t face additional financial burdens.

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What we’re asking for — on your behalf

The ASBMB’s recent advocacy activities focus on sustained funding for curiosity-driven science, safe and equitable work environments, and support for next-generation researchers.

ASBMB recommends policies for ushering in new science and tech

In a letter to the National Academy of Medicine, the society emphasizes the importance of harnessing interdisciplinarity, building public trust, being nimble, eliminating bias and modernizing workforce development.

Groups step up to prevent student homelessness during academic breaks

Paying for summer and winter housing can shape a student’s future.

ASBMB weighs in on NIH diversity prize

Society recommends that the agency reward underresourced institutions, among other guidance.

The CHIPS and Science Act becomes law

The ASBMB advocated for provisions within that support the STEM workforce and R&D.

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Inside look: Becoming an early-career reviewer at the NIH

This webinar features the ins and outs of the Early Career Reviewer Program at the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review, which gives emerging investigators an inside look at the scientific peer-review process. Elyse Schauwecker, a scientific review officer at CSR, talks about the benefits of participating, eligibility, the application process and recent changes.

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Upcoming webinars
Postdoc town hall: Policy changes for improving work–life balance

Postdoc town hall: Policy changes for improving work–life balance

Sept. 21 | Join us for a discussion for postdocs to reflect on their work–life balance and develop suggestions for improving related policies across multiple levels, including individual labs, institutions and federal agencies. More

NSF early-career funding

NSF early-career funding

Sept. 22 | Learn the ins and outs of applying for grants at NSF and find out about the NSF's Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences programs. More

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.

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