AIP's Science Policy Services and Products

Share This

Publication date: 
5 January 2004

In order to help members of the physics community stay informed about federal budget and policy developments, and to facilitate communications with Members of Congress, the Media and Government Relations Division of the American Institute of Physics provides a number of services, programs and products free of charge. We invite you to take advantage of them, and to contact our office if we can be of assistance.


FYI is a free electronic bulletin, distributed several times a week, that analyzes budget and policy developments pertinent to the physics community. FYI focuses on congressional and Administration activity related to federally-funded R&D, primarily within the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, NASA, Department of Defense, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Geological Survey, and NIH's National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, as well as science and math education within Department of Education.

Directions for subscribing and unsubscribing to FYI are given on AIP's Science Policy page at /fyi/. Current and back issues of FYI are available. Searchable archives are provided for issues after 1994.


FYI THIS MONTH is a free one-page summary of major developments covered during the previous month in FYI. Directions for subscribing and unsubscribing to FYI THIS MONTH are given at /ftm/. An archive of previous issues is available. All FYI subscribers receive this summary automatically.


Are you looking for details on the Bush Administration's request for a particular S&T program or how Congress responded to it? Do you need information on the membership of a congressional committee, or guidance on writing a letter or arranging a Capitol Hill visit? AIP's Science Policy site will answer many of your questions about physics-related budget and policy matters. Relevant issues of FYI are categorized by R&D funding agencies. This site provides congressional committee rosters and jurisdictions, recommendations on writing to and meeting with Members of Congress, and other useful information. Issues of FYI and the other products and services described here can be accessed from this site.


This free brochure provides guidance on writing to, and visiting with, Members of Congress. Send your request and US mail address to fyi [at] This guidance is also available on the Science Policy site.


Do you need hand-out materials on the value of federally-funded research to the nation? Could you use assistance in describing the importance of basic and applied physics R&D to Members of Congress? AIP has produced 16 double-sided exhibits describing billion-dollar industries based on federally-funded physics research. Each exhibit highlights the initial federal investment and funding agencies involved, the time to development, and the economic impact of the resulting technology. Topics available include: medical imaging, lasers, global positioning system, environment, new materials, telecommunications, computers, consumer goods, national defense, transportation, energy efficiency, medical physics, liquid crystals, acoustics, the Internet, and astrophysics.

Physics Success Stories can be viewed at We urge you to use the glossy hard copy versions when visiting Members of Congress. To receive free hard copies, send us your US mailing address and specify the topics desired.


Each year, AIP sponsors one scientist to work in a congressional office, and one to work in a bureau of the State Department, providing scientific expertise to the nation's policymakers. Applicants must be members of one or more of the AIP Member Societies. Complete information on AIP's Congressional and State Department Science Fellowship programs can be found on the Science Policy web site.


We are here to help! Contact us for assistance on:

Members of Congress and science-related congressional committees: Information on Members, committee rosters and jurisdictions, addresses, telephone numbers, home pages, names of legislative assistants and appointment schedulers, and scheduling information. For information about your Members, please provide your home zip code.

Legislation, Reports and Documents: Contact us for information about bill numbers, cosponsors, status, and guidance on obtaining reports.

General Information: Write, call or email with your questions. We welcome inquiries on the difference between authorization and appropriations bills, the budget process, the name of a key person in a science agency, or information on your Members of Congress.


Email correspondence: fyi [at]
Science Policy web site:
Phone Numbers: Richard Jones, 301-209-3095; Audrey Leath, 301-209-3094
Fax: 301-209-0846
Mailing Address: American Institute of Physics, Media and Government Relations, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740-3843.