Advocacy and Science Policy

ASN serves as the authoritative voice informing Congress and the Administration of the need and value for continued support of nutrition research through federal government advocacy.

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ASN educates policymakers on advances in nutrition science and the importance of developing legislation and regulations that are based in science.

The Society’s members, working throughout academia, industry, clinical practice and government, conduct research that allows individuals to live healthier and more productive lives.

2019-2020 ASN Advocacy and Science Policy Priority Areas


Advocate for Nutrition Research Funding and Demonstrate Nutrition Research ROI

  • Advocate for funding for basic, clinical, applied and translational nutrition research, focusing on both intramural and extramural programs of major federal sources such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Advocate for funding for nutrition monitoring activities conducted jointly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics and the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
  • Demonstrate return on investment (ROI) from nutrition research and show how nutrition research supports public health.
  • Maintain current funding pools and carve out more funding for nutrition research from existing pools. Guide the development of priorities for nutrition research where possible.
  • Address nutrition research components in legislation as needed.
  • Evaluate alignment of ASN’s nutrition research priorities with that of federal nutrition research priorities.
  • Support funding for research on nutrition based enhancement of public health.
  • Continue to work in coalitions and partnerships where appropriate to advance nutrition research funding.



Advocate for Evidence-based Nutrition Science Policies and Regulations

  • Develop and disseminate evidence-based comments on federal agency proposals.
  • Ensure the upcoming 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are evidence-based.
  • Provide evidence-based input on the nutrition-related work of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other relevant international regulatory bodies.
  • Continue to be involved in nutrition-related Codex Alimentarius deliberations.
  • Promote improved coordination of nutrition programs and research across all federal agencies in concert with the National Nutrition Research Roadmap and in light of new political appointments.


Foster and strengthen relationships with Congress and Federal Agencies

  • Promote the appointment of nutrition scientists, especially ASN members, and other qualified individuals to serve in key positions, as appropriate.
  • Engage more ASN members in advocacy efforts.
  • Develop relationships with members of Congress and political appointees who have influence over science, nutrition policy and research funding.
  • Develop champions for ASN, nutrition and nutrition research funding on Capitol Hill.


Promote ASN and its Members

  • Understand funding agency priorities for training the next generation of scientists.
  • Continue to nominate ASN members to federal advisory boards, committees, and panels as opportunities arise.
  • Continue to seek partnerships with other food/nutrition/public health organizations.