Why is science funding important? Scientific R&D advances discovery and knowledge; spurs innovation; and improves our economy.  Science and technology have been responsible for more than half of all U.S. economic growth since World War II, according to research based on work by Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert M. Solow.  Investments in R&D are essential to maintaining U.S. leadership in innovation. Here are some noteworthy resources on how R&D has benefited peoples’ lives:

Take action on the 2018 R&D budget ↴

Funding for scientific research and development for fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) is currently being debated in the Senate. Between now and mid-December, Senators will discuss and decide on budget priorities, and specifically how to fund agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. It is important that your Senators hear from you on why you think funding science research is important. Below you’ll find a feature that allows you to write your Senator and express your thoughts, with some helpful talking points to guide you.

Write an Op-Ed

Consider writing a newspaper op-ed, or opinion story, which can be an effective channel for direct communication with the public, in order to achieve specific public engagement with science goals. Op-eds provide a forum for injecting scientific information and/or viewpoints into a pressing issue, or to advocate for a specific policy aim.  Examples and resources →


Learn how the budget process works ↴

...in 2 minutes: Watch this brief explainer video from AAAS on how the U.S. federal budget is created.

...in 10 minutes: Read our break down of the annual budget cycle.

...in 45 minutes: Take our course Understanding the Federal R&D Budget and get an overview of the steps in the federal budget process, what influences it, how it comes together in the Executive Branch and Congress and how budget politics and science funding interact. [Free for AAAS members]


AAAS Statements and Analyses ↴