Advocacy toolkit

These resources contain best practices for sharing your stories with the policymakers whose decisions affect your work. They will help make you more confident as you engage in advocacy on behalf of the scientific community.

Toolkit topics


Case studies

Examples of how ASBMB members have successfully engaged in advocacy at their local and state levels.


Advocate at the state level

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


Write a letter to the editor

A letter to the editor of your local newspaper can be very effective at increasing public awareness of an issue important to your community.


Meet with your legislators in person

Communicating directly with your elected officials is an important way to make your voice heard.


Prepare a lab tour for your legislators

Hosting a member of Congress at your institution is an excellent way to demonstrate the importance of federal funding for scientific research.


Call your legislator

How to find your legislator's number, and what to say.


Write a letter to your legislator

A letter or email is the most popular choice of communication with a congressional office.


Dos and donts for communicating with legislators

Helpful tips to make your meetings effective.

Science policy fellowships: Creating your application packet

What to include in your fellowship application packet.

Science policy fellowships: Determining where to apply

Tips on clarifying your goals, where to look and who to talk to.

Science policy fellowships: Executing a successful interview

How to demonstrate your unique qualifications and what types of questions to prepare for.