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Capitol Hill Day

Members at Capitol Hill Day 2014
Capitol Hill Day 2014
Members meet with Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) as part of Capitol Hill Day 2014
Members meeting at Capitol Hill Day 2014
SfN Capitol Hill Day is the hallmark advocacy event of the year. SfN members from across the country convene on Capitol Hill to meet with their congressional representatives to discuss advances in the field of neuroscience, share the economic and public health benefits of investment in biomedical research, and make the case for strong national investment in scientific research through NIH and NSF.

Scientists know better than anyone that scientific progress cannot happen without an adequate, predictable stream of public funding. But members of Congress, who decide how much money will be spent on science, need to know what scientists know.

Hill Day is an opportunity for scientists to meet face-to-face with lawmakers to share their expertise and put a human face to decisions about research funding. These meetings lay the groundwork for getting lawmakers into the lab, meeting with them when they return to their districts, and becoming a resource to their staff when they make important decisions about research funding.

Hill Day 2015

  • SfN's ninth annual Capitol Hill Day will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2014, with an evening training session taking place the night before. To register to attend, please email

Preparing for Hill Day

  • SfN encourages all members, from graduate student to postdoctoral fellows to faculty, to come to Capitol Hill as an advocate for neuroscience research. All Hill Day participants will attend a training session the day before to prepare them for their congressional meetings. To get an idea of what these meetings entail, see the information about how to set up a local meeting with a legislator, which are very similar to meetings that happen on the Hill.

    Check out how science is funded in the United States for a summary of various legislative processes. Also familiarize yourself with SfN’s science funding advocacy tools, as well as statistics about your institution.

    On Capitol Hill Day, members will meet with legislators in small groups. SfN members provide an invaluable first-hand account of the impact of federal funding on scientific research in America.

Hill Day 2014

  • SfN's eighth annual Capitol Hill Day was March 26, 2014. More than 45 members participated and met with more than 75 congressional offices to advocate for scientific research. See highlights from the day »

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