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.

Society News

ATP delegates push for improved policies

ATP delegates push for improved policies

This ASBMB program helps advocates gain skills to address issues that affect science and scientists.

Policy news from ASBMB Today
National Academies propose initiative to sequence all RNA molecules

Unlocking the epitranscriptome could transform health, medicine, agriculture, energy and national security.

NIH’s advisory committee releases report on re-envisioning postdoc training

The working group developed six primary recommendations for the National Institutes of Health.

When authoritative sources hold onto bad data

A legal scholar explains the need for government databases to retract information.

Can science publishing be both open and equitable?

An updated memo from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has researchers, funders and publishers looking ahead

ASBMB pushes federal agencies to help students struggling with loan debt

The society states that increasing student debt and financial strain are hurting the U.S. research enterprise and federal agencies must do more to ease this burden.

Resource guides & issue briefs

National Institutes of Health Diversity Supplements: Pathway to Independence

This issue brief analyzes the unique attributes of each NIH diversity supplement program. 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

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

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From the bench to the ballot: Stories from scientists who have run for office

This session aims to demystify the path from the bench to the ballot by highlighting the experiences of biochemists and molecular biologists serving in office at various levels. They discuss their career trajectories, their experience running for and serving in office and how they use their scientific background in office.

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Past webinars
Finding the funds: DEAI funding and training opportunities

Finding the funds: DEAI funding and training opportunities

Learn about DEAI funding and training opportunities at the National Science Foundation and National Institute of General Medical Sciences. More

Finding the funds: Department of Energy funding and training opportunities

Finding the funds: Department of Energy funding and training opportunities

Learn about the DOE's Office of Science funding priorities, award opportunities and training grants. More

Get involved


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


Advocate at the state level

Learn how to conduct a successful advocacy campaign in your state.