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Now that we have Marched for Science, what’s next for science advocacy in Boston?

          It is an unprecedented time for science enthusiasm. Last fall science was barely mentioned in the election. We know because we wrote a blog post about it and had a hard time digging up any mention of science by the candidates. Now over a million people marched for for science […]

How Early Career Scientists Can Serve Science Through Policy: a Workshop at the 2017 AAAS Meeting

Early career researchers aspire to engage with society while still pursuing their research careers. They may engage by contributing directly to policy decisions or by becoming community advocates. This type of engagement is critical for making the public understand what science is and what scientists do. At the same time, it gives junior scientists multiple […]

The Federal Budget Process: a critical time for the future of scientific research

Progress in scientific research depends on reliable and consistent funding. One of the worst things that can happen to federally funded research programs is uncertainty over funding levels or even worse, a government shutdown. In order to try and prevent such an event from occurring, we are asking you to contact your local representatives and […]

Cartoon a paper: making old mice young again

What are the new cool things happening in science? We nominate recent papers that are particularly cool to be made into cartoons illustrating the main findings. Use #cartoonapaper on twitter to nominate a paper to become a cartoon.


NIH funding boost from House Appropriations Committee   Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved its Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) bill that includes a 3.9% increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to a total of $33.3 billion. The Senate approved its LHHS bill in June and both bills will […]


WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES THE NATIONAL MICROBIOME INITIATIVE The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has announced a new Naional Microbiome Initiative (NMI) to encourage the integrated study of microbiomes across differenct ecosystems. The NMI involves Federal agencies and private-sector stakeholders, with a combined Federal agency investment of more than $121 million in 2016/17. […]

AFS News Roundup 04/24/16- regular updates on science funding, policy, and research news

SENATE MOVING QUICKLY ON ENERGY BILL The Senate are trying to rapidly push through a Department of Energy appropriations bill that would increase funding by $50 million to the Office of Science, but funding to the fusion project ITER for the 3rd year in a row. The White House have indicated they may veto the bill, […]

MIT’s Glimpse podcast interviews AFS co-founder, Dr. Christin Glorioso

The culture of academic science is growing increasingly pessimistic. Scientists at dinner tables around the country can be heard worrying about funding and wondering if their research will be able to go on. On this episode of Glimpse, Christin discusses how US science funding has gotten to a 40 yr low and how AFS is engaging […]

Welcome to the Academics for the Future of Science Blog!

In future posts, we plan to explore aspects of the science funding process, and the effects of funding on scientists and society at large. Stay tuned!