The Federal Budget and How Scientists Can Influence It
Anna Quider



The goal of this talk is to provide an introduction to the federal budget, with an emphasis on research and development (R&D) funding, and empower scientists to contribute to the budget process. I will look at the budget process as a whole, discussing issues such as how priorities are set and balanced against each other, how the House, Senate, and President all engage in the discussion, and what the timeline is like for setting and executing the federal budget. I will then focus on the federal R&D budget and look at trends in R&D funding. Scientists have an important role to play as advocates for science as a national priority. I will discuss ways scientists can contribute to the process through actions such as choosing careers in science policy, being STEM educators, serving as advocates through professional societies and nonprofits, and directly engaging their Congressional representatives and their staff.