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Bullet policy, reports · Feb 14, 2023

Public Policy Office 2022 Annual Report

The AIBS Public Policy Office has released its annual report for 2022. This report describes the work AIBS has done this past year in collaboration with our members and partners to advocate for policies that advance biology.

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Read about our accomplishments in science policy, which include:

  • Secured passage of the historic CHIPS and Science Act that authorizes critical new investments in our nation’s science and technology enterprise, including doubling the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) authorized budget over a 5-year period.
  • Ensured that language supporting biological collections and field stations were included in the finalized CHIPS and Science Act.
  • Helped 112 scientists become advocates for science.
  • Endorsed the One Health Security Act, which aims to enhance interagency coordination, streamline funding, and strengthen early warning and detection networks to rapidly respond to biological threats.
  • Through the USA Nagoya Protocol Action Group, provided input to the U.S. State Department and United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity stakeholders on policy options for access and benefit sharing of digital sequence information.
  • Supported efforts to secure inclusion of nearly all provisions of the Tracking Pathogens Act, a legislation aimed at strengthening pathogen genomics surveillance, in the fiscal year 2023 omnibus spending package.
  • Worked with our science community partners to secure notable funding increases for science in fiscal year 2023, including a $1 billion or 12 percent boost for NSF—the largest funding increase the agency has ever received.
  • Weighed in on the Supreme Court’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) case by filing an amici curiae brief with 11 other scientific societies.
  • Increased awareness of the needs of the biological sciences community by facilitating 62 meetings between scientists and lawmakers.
  • Provided professional development training to 162 scientists.

Read the 2022 Public Policy Office Annual Report.