The Government and Public Affairs Committee guides and evaluates SfN advocacy activities and strategies that promote neuroscience research. Initiatives include educating policymakers about advances in research, their implications for public policy, their societal benefit, and continued scientific progress.
Roles and responsibilities:
- Recommend strategies to achieve increased funding for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
- Build and deploy a grassroots network to engage SfN members in advocacy at both state and federal levels. Alert members to contact Congress on key legislative issues.
- Develop SfN policy positions on stem cell research, evolution, and mental health parity, among other issues.
- Visit members of Congress to advocate for biomedical research funding and other priority legislative issues.
- Collaborate with other international societies and partners in Mexico and Canada to support advocacy initiatives.
- Participate in a variety of health and science advocacy coalitions.
- Collaborate with patients, professional groups, political leaders, corporate partners, and other interested parties to advocate for the value of robust science funding.
- Provide training at the local level about advocating for science funding.
The Government and Public Affairs Committee is part of the Public Outreach Committee Cluster, which also includes the Committee on Animals in Research and the Public Education and Communication Committee.