Advocates for biological and biomedical research received enthusiastic support from both Democrats and Republicans during the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Capitol Hill Day on March 3. The annual event drew 46 scientist participants from 25 states for meetings with 100 congressional offices.
During their meetings, the researchers advocated for sustained and predictable increases for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation, Department of Energy Office of Science, and the competitive research program at the Department of Agriculture. They expressed gratitude for the increased funding for biomedical research in the fiscal year (FY) 2016 omnibus appropriations bill and urged legislators to ensure that next year’s budget provides sustained growth for the federal science agencies.
The members of Congress and staff aides that Capitol Hill Day participants met with expressed strong bipartisan support for NIH and were interested in discussing how federal funding for research benefits citizens in their states and districts. Participants presented FASEB’s FY 2017 funding recommendations for the federal science agencies and shared state and district factsheets summarizing the impact of federal science investment on local institutions and businesses. In addition, they shared copies of “Organs-on-a-Chip”, FASEB’s newest Horizons in Bioscience article.
FASEB maintained an active presence on social media throughout Capitol Hill Day, with messages viewed more than 185,000 times. A compilation of tweets about the event can be seen on Storify.