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.

New resource

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 to the 2023 NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy.


NIGMS: Highlights from 2022 and what to expect next

NIGMS: Highlights from 2022 and what to expect next

The institute is likely to expand the MIRA program, increase supports for diversity, examine NRSA stipends and more in 2023.

Policy news from ASBMB Today
ASBMB calls for broad federal effort to support scientists with disabilities

Society endorses NIH moves toward disability inclusion and urges other agencies to follow suit.

ASBMB makes recommendations to support bioeconomy

Society advocates for immigration and funding reforms to diversify the workforce and measures to ensure equitable access to standardized data and tools.

ASBMB lauds parts of defense authorization that bolster HBCUs

Law orders the creation of a pilot program to increase research capacity and improve training and infrastructure.

ASBMB seeks feedback on NIH plan to change grant review criteria, scoring

NIH proposal aims to shift focus from investigator and institutional reputation to research merit and reduce administrative burden on reviewers.

Scientists who are caregivers need more support

The ASBMB suggests policy solutions to alleviate burdens that affect their research and careers.

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Finding the funds: NCI funding and training opportunities

Representatives from the National Cancer Institute present its funding priorities, award opportunities and the training grants available to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms that initiate and progress cancer.

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

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. 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

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


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