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A Postdoc's Guide to Advocacy: Making the Case for Science Research
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MAKING THE CASE FOR SCIENCE RESEARCH

Created by Jennifer A. Hobin and Jennifer Zeitzer (FASEB)
Edited/adapted by Juliet Moncaster, Jill Slaboda, and Rashada Alexander for the NPA's use
 

Advocacy Overview | A Lobbying Primer | Understanding the Legislative Process

Making the Case for Science Research | Additional Resource


Favorable Environment for Science | Support for Science Funding | Public Support for Science

Support for Science Training | Science Advocacy Challenges

   

FAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR SCIENCE

“Science is more essential for our prosperity, our security, our health, our environment, and our quality of life than it has ever been before.”

SUPPORT FOR SCIENCE FUNDING

The President's FY 2012 Budget

  • President Obama proposed increases for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE) and other federal agencies.
  • Included in the budget was a request for a 4% increase in NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA) postdoc stipends.

This budget is still under consideration by Congress as of August 2011.

 

The President's FY 2011 Budget

  • President Obama proposed increases for NIH, NSF, DOE Office of Science, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, VA Medical and Prosthetics Research Program, NASA, among other agencies.
  • Included in the budget were requests for:
    • 6 percent increase in NIH NRSA postdoc stipends and
    • 6 percent increase in NSF faculty early career awards.

Congress did not honor the President's request and the NIH budget was actually cut, but the NIH still increased the NRSA stipends by 2 percent for FY 2011. Read more...

 

PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR SCIENCE

In today’s society, how important do you think scientific research is?

SUPPORT FOR SCIENCE TRAINING

How important is it for the United States to educate and train individuals qualified to conduct medical, health and scientific research?

SCIENCE ADVOCACY CHALLENGES

  • Economy: concern about jobs is the #1 issue.
  • Debt: reluctance among policy makers to increase spending.
  • Pay as you go philosophy.
  • Health care reform is major priority.
  • Increasing level of partisanship.
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