We advocate for public policies rooted in evidence-based science. We believe that science must serve the public interest, and we recognize the essential role of the microbial sciences in helping to address humanity’s most daunting—and evolving—challenges.
Advocating for Policies Rooted in Science
ASM advocates rely on rigorous research and data to support or defend evidence-based policies, analyze current practices and make recommendations for the future. ASM works with members of Congress and their staff, government agencies and our membership to advance key public policy priorities.
Letter in Response to NIH Policy Guidance
ASM supports National Institutes of Health policy guidance that strengthens science and international collaboration.Read the Letter
Policy Recommendations on AMR
ASM recommends steps for policymakers that prioritize science and the roles of microbiologists in addressing antimicrobial resistance.View Policy Paper
Federal Science & Public Health Funding
Explore proposed changes to science funding in the President's 2024 budget request.See Appropriations
Our effective and time-tested advocacy strategy is based on a multi-pronged approach that recognizes and capitalizes on the interdependent nature of policy development, policymaker outreach and grassroots initiatives.
Our policy development efforts serve as the foundation for the Society’s efforts in public policies that advance the microbial sciences. Drawing from 6 policy principles, we work with our members to advance key policy priorities, advocate for evidence-based policy and weigh in on public policies, often in response to specific requests from Congress or regulatory agencies.
Our policymaker outreach efforts serve as a voice for the microbiology community in the sphere of public policy. We seek to identify and influence policies that have effects across the breadth of the microbial sciences by educating members of Congress and their staff about ASM, our members and the importance of investing in the microbial sciences.
Member Advocacy Engagement
Our member advocacy program engages ASM members in the public policy discourse, leveraging their unique perspectives and expertise in the microbial sciences to advance policy priorities.
- ASM Responds to Request for Information on National Nature Assessment
- How to Take Your Advocacy Message to Congress
- ASM and IDSA submit joint letter to White House Executive Office
ASM leads, collaborates and galvanizes scientists, stakeholders and the public to advance the field through evidence-based public policies rooted in science.Read the Article
Issues We Follow
As part of our core mission, we lead, collaborate and galvanize scientists, stakeholders and the public to advance the field through evidence-based public policy across multiple sectors and at multiple levels.
We have set forth a broad-based framework based on 6 key policy principles that span the areas in which microbiology intersects with public policy:
Basic microbial sciences and their broad applications.
- ASM and Partners Support Bioeconomy Legislation.
- ASM Backs National Science Foundation for the Future Act.
- ASM Supports Research Investment to Secure the Economy (RISE) Act.
- ASM Submits Request for Increased Funding for NIH and CDC Programs.
Supporting Advanced Molecular DetectionRead AMD Factsheet
Advancing the microbial sciences and their application to human health.
- ASM Leads Support Letter for CDC Advanced Molecular Detection Program Funding.
- ASM Submits Comments to CMS on Proposed Rule for CLIA-Labs.
- How the VALID Act Could Impact Clinical Microbiology Labs.
Vector-Borne Disease in a Changing ClimateWatch Webinar
The role of microbes in plants, animals, soil and water in supporting a healthy agroecosystem.
AMR in AgricultureView AMR in Ag Factsheet
Microbes as a key component to developing solutions to energy and environmental problems.
Policy to Address Climate ChangeRead the Paper
Addressing existing, emerging and reemerging health threats.
What is Gain of Function ResearchView GoF Factsheet
Supporting basic, translational, clinical and applied microbial sciences from a global perspective.
Science Policy Careers for MicrobiologistsWatch Webinar
How to Get Involved
We provide opportunities for members to advocate for evidence-based scientific policy. ASM members can participate by speaking directly with Congressional staffers (Hill Day), signing on to petitions or contacting their legislators through action alerts.
The ASM Advocacy Team has created several resources and trainings to help scientists communicate with Congress, and we make it easy for members to advocate for evidence-based scientific policy and learn about important policy issues affecting the microbial sciences.