Federal investment in research and education is essential if the United States is to remain a global leader in the biological sciences. The National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Energy Office of Science, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are among the federal agencies that fund intramural (e.g. government scientists) and extramural (e.g. university scientists) biological research, as well as programs that recruit and train the next generation of scientists.
The AIBS Public Policy Office works to ensure that policymakers understand the importance of investing in biological sciences research. Through testimony to Congress, comments to federal decision-makers, and grassroots advocacy efforts we help policymakers understand the importance of fundamental and applied research to our nation's well-being.
We also provide scientists and educators with news and analysis of policy developments in the federal budget and appropriations process through the bi-weekly AIBS Public Policy Report, the Washington Watch column in the journal BioScience, and through the AIBS Legislative Action Center. AIBS members also have access to resources on the federal budget and numerous factsheets that explain why biology research, infrastructure, and education are important.