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Advocating for science funding on Capitol Hill

Advocating for science funding on Capitol Hill
MIT students met with members of Congress during the 2024 MIT Science Policy Initiative’s Congressional Visit Days. PhD students and postdocs meet with legislators to share their expertise and advocate for science agency funding.

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MIT students and postdocs recently traveled to Washington to advocate for increased science funding for fiscal year 2025. The group met with 85 congressional offices representing 30 states over two days and advocated for $89.46 billion in science funding across 11 federal scientific agencies. The trip, organized by the MIT Science Policy Initiative, aimed to expose participants to the U.S. federal policymaking process and the avenues for advocating for scientific research. The participants also discussed topics pertaining to their research projects, including AI, cybersecurity, energy production and storage, and biotechnology. The conversations were beneficial for both parties, as participants learned about enacting legislation and the staffers heard directly from academic researchers about what is needed to promote scientific progress and innovation. The participants also shared how science funding has directly impacted them and discussed the need for open access research.