Encourage Congress to Support Sustained, Robust Scientific Funding

Encourage your members of Congress to support sustained, robust funding for the federal science agencies.

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For more than half a century, the US government’s commitment to funding early stage research—through NSF, DOE Office of Science, NIST and other federal agencies—at our colleges, universities and research institutions has helped position the US as a global leader in science, technology and innovation. With other nations across Europe and Asia bolstering their own national investments in science and technology, we must build on Congress’s bipartisan support of scientific research demonstrated in recent years.

While APS recognizes the need for thoughtful and measured federal spending, robust funding for science is an essential investment for maintaining the United States’ innovative edge in national security, energy security, scientific leadership and economic prosperity.

Join us in calling on Congress to increase funding for federal science agencies!

The Impact of Personalized Emails

Although personalizing your email with your own experiences and anecdotes may take a few extra minutes, research shows that it is well worth the time. According to a Congressional Management Foundation survey, individualized emails are the second most effective method overall for positively influencing a member’s decision on an issue. Individualized email messages are also 64% more effective than form email messages.

Furthermore, 83% of congressional staff surveyed said that it would take more than 50 form emails for them to consider taking the action requested. On the other hand, 70% of staff said that it would take less than 50 personalized emails for them to consider taking action. We encourage you to personalize your emails to Congressional members in order to maximize the impact of your voice.

If your Congress member has not already arrived at a firm decision on an issue, which of the following advocacy strategies might have a positive influence on his/her decision?

How many emails are needed before you consider taking the requested action?