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.


ASBMB weighs in on policy changes for dual-use research

ASBMB weighs in on policy changes for dual-use research

The society applauds initial steps to harmonize policies on infectious disease-related research but urges policymakers to provide clearer guidance to the scientific community.

Policy news from ASBMB Today
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.

NIH diversity supplements offer a pathway to independence

These funding mechanisms have been underutilized. The ASBMB public affairs staff offers recommendations to change that.

ASBMB weighs in on wage rules for postdocs

The society supports the Department of Labor’s proposed increase in minimum salary for exempt employees.

Funding opportunities to explore

Beyond the National Institutes of Health, a number of U.S. government agencies provided funding for basic scientific research.

Advocating for change in science

ASBMB trainees harness their training and life experience to reshape science policy.

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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Finding the funds: NIAID funding and training opportunities

Learn about the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' funding priorities, award opportunities and training grants for postdoctoral scholars and early-career investigators.

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Past webinars
Finding the funds: Private funding and training opportunities

Finding the funds: Private funding and training opportunities

Discover the many ways you can get funded by the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and Alzheimer’s Association and learn more about their mission, relevant programs and training opportunities. More

Finding the funds: NIEHS funding and training opportunities

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. 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.

Learn more about the award

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.