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:
Thank Congress for Supporting R&D in 2018 Budget ↴
The Congress passed and President Trump signed in to law a funding bill for Fiscal Year 2018 that invests in scientific research and development. According to AAAS estimates, total federal R&D spending will reach its highest point ever in inflation-adjusted dollars. Despite an ever growing list of competing priorities, many Members of Congress recognize that funding science and technology is critical to our nation, economic growth and public well-being. This is something to celebrate! Below you’ll find a feature that allows you to write your Senator and Representative and express your thoughts, with some helpful talking points to guide you.
Be sure when writing to make the messages personal – personal messages get much more attention from lawmakers and staff. Talk about your experiences, interests, and why science and scientific research is important to you.
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Now is the time to become part of the global force of scientists, engineers and advocates dedicated to scientific inquiry.
Meet your neighbors and influence your policymakers! Attend a town hall meeting during a Congressional recess to speak up for science.
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]
Use this interactive tool for exploring long-term federal funding trends within the context of the broader budget.
The AAAS Office of Government Relations provides timely and objective information to Congress on current science and technology issues, and assists scientists in understanding and working with Congress.
Use our dashboard to follow science and technology appropriations for FY 2018.
AAAS Statements and Analyses ↴
The evidence suggests limits to industry's willingness to fund R&D vacated by the federal government, should Congress go along with the White House's budget plans.
It hasn't shaped up as a great year for science and technology funding, but the process is far from over
The House adopts a quartet of spending bills, the Commerce Department gets a mixed Senate bag, and a spending deal remains far off