06 Advocacy&Policy Working

Prosperity through informed policy  

The Materials Research Society (MRS) contributes to the development of science and technology policy in materials-related fields by responding to, and initiating, opportunities to interact nationally and internationally with government officials and public and private organizations. Led by the MRS Government Affairs Committee (GAC), these volunteer-powered efforts have been far-reaching, consistent and unbiased, building trust and respect in Washington, D.C., both on Capitol Hill and within government agencies.   When deemed necessary, MRS also teams with other professional societies to create a larger voice for the materials field—to broaden the dissemination, implementation and understanding of materials-related policy for the benefit of society.

The current economic climate poses many challenges for MRS and the materials community, whose research priorities are critically affected by both federal and international mandates. With that in mind, the GAC continues to work diligently to provide timely information on emerging public policy issues, federal programs and other activities of importance to its members and others in the materials community.

MRS is an interdisciplinary society with members worldwide that advocate for materials science and innovation.  We seek to engage our members in advocacy, to educate policymakers on the importance of materials innovations, and to engage with the broader scientific and engineering community in support of sustained funding for research.

Policy Issues

Current issue letters and communications developed to help advance the policy goals of the materials community.

Tell your legislators why support of the physical sciences and science education is necessary.

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INTERSECTIONS is a quarterly e-newsletter covering MRS advocacy efforts and news from Washington.

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These resources explain how materials impact our lives, showcasing advances due to materials research investments. 

Congressional Fellows

MRS co-sponsors two Congressional Fellowships providing members with an invaluable opportunity of public policy learning. Fellows contribute effective use of optical and materials science knowledge in government and broaden awareness of the value of scientist- and engineer-government interaction among our memberships, the federal government and the public.

For 2020-2021, Catherine Clark of the University of Minnesota is the MRS/OSA Congressional Fellow and Megan Malara of The Ohio State University is the MRS/TMS Congressional Fellow.

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Given the quick pace at which events progress in government affairs, it is crucial to stay informed of developments important to materials science and our community.

Follow Materials Science Policy on Facebook and Twitter to join the conversation.

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A Resumption of Operations at NSF page has been developed that includes Important Notice No. 145, Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation, dated January 28, 2019, as well as supplemental guidance that addresses grant and cooperative agreement-related policy and systems issues. This page will continue to be updated as new information becomes available. Policy-related questions regarding resumption of operations at NSF may be addressed to policy@nsf.gov.