Congress has started the process for determining funding levels for federal programs for fiscal year 2013. Importantly, this process will determine how much funding will be available for scientific research and education programs in the coming year. This process directly impacts the various agencies that support competitive research grants, such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, and the Departments of Energy, Commerce, and Agriculture. This process will also determine how much funding is available to support important in-house government research, such as the research conducted by the various agencies of the Department of the Interior.

It is important that members of Congress are reminded by their constituents of the importance of sustained federal investment in our nation’s scientific research enterprise. In just a few minutes time, you can send a prepared letter to your member of Congress to urge his/her support for NSF or USGS. Alternatively, you can craft a letter of your own about these or other federal research programs.

Details about the President’s budget request to Congress for scientific research at various federal agencies is available from AIBS (

Visit the AIBS Legislative Action Center at to take action.


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