AIP's Science Policy Services and Products

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Publication date: 
3 January 2005

In order to help members of the physics community stay informed about federal budget and science 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 these products, to let others in the physics community know about them, and to contact our office if we can be of assistance.


FYI is a free electronic bulletin, distributed several times a week and posted on our web site, 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 the Department of Education. This site provides current and back issues of FYI, as well as instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing. 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. It is available by subscription and posted on our web site. An archive of current and previous issues, and directions for subscribing and unsubscribing, are given at 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 Government Relations 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 Government Relations site at


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 intended for use in congressional visits. Each exhibit describes a billion-dollar industry that is based on federally-funded physics research, highlighting the initial federal investment and agencies involved, the time to development, and the economic impact of the resulting technology. 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. 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.


Each year, AIP's Science Fellowship programs enable one or more scientists to come to Washington for a year and provide scientific and technical expertise to the federal government. Applicants must be qualified members of one or more of the AIP Member Societies. AIP State Department Science Fellows work in the State Department, contributing to the formation of the nation's foreign policy. Congressional Science Fellows work in a congressional office or on a committee staff. While AIP will not be sponsoring a Congressional Fellow for the coming year, several of the AIP Member Societies run Congressional Fellowship programs annually. For more information on the Science Fellowship programs, please see the Government Relations web site.


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

Members of Congress and science-related congressional committees, including 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]
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.

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