Prepare Yourself to Talk about Federal Science Funding at Risk
What You Need to Know
In March 2013, the U.S. is facing a cut of nearly 1 trillion dollars over 10 years to federal financing. This cut will dramatically reduce federal support for basic scientific research and development.
Breakdown of the potential fiscal impact of sequestration on S&T agencies and programs
What You Can Do
Contact your representatives and local media to stress the need to sustain predictable federal scientific investment to enable long-term economic growth.
- Emphasize how federal investment in science & technology (S&T) pays important dividends. Share how federal agencies have funded your research and helped shape your career. In simple, lay terms give examples of how your research has led to important discoveries.
- Explain that while we understand the economic climate is difficult, sustained federal investment in R&D and STEM education is critical to growing the economy and enhancing U.S. competitiveness.
- Augment your message with examples.
Talk about Funding in Action
Examples of scientific advancements aided by federal investments
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Capturing methane for energy before it pollutes our air
The Juanes Research Group works to harvest a potent greenhouse gas for energy before it is released into the air.
Making personalized medicine more reliable
A NIST team is developing reliability standards for DNA sequencing to improve patient-tailored healthcare.
Developing standards for medical imaging technologies
Dr. Karam’s team is developing precise quantitation standards for medical imaging technologies like PET scans.
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