Prepare Yourself to Talk about Federal Science Funding at Risk

What You Need to Know

In March 2013, the U.S. took a cut of nearly 1 trillion dollars over 10 years to federal financing. This cut, called sequestration, has dramatically reduced federal support for basic scientific research and development.

Breakdown of the fiscal impact of sequestration on S&T agencies and programs

ACS Public Affairs Director's Message Videos

Videos about the future of U.S. scientific research and innovation from Glenn Ruskin, Director, ACS Office of Public Affairs.

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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.

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