Four Members of Congress Recognized for Supporting Fundamental Scientific Research Investment

WASHINGTON – The Science Coalition (TSC) today announced the recipients of its Champion of Science Award. The award honors members of Congress whose actions and votes consistently reflect their commitment to federally funded fundamental research.

This year’s bipartisan, bicameral awardees are:

  • U.S. Senator Todd Young, R-Ind.
  • U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio
  • U.S. Representative Frank Lucas, R-Okla.
  • U.S. Representative Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.

“In Congress, these outstanding policymakers have gone above and beyond to elevate science and secure robust, predictable federal investment in fundamental research,” said TSC President Peter DeYoe. “Thanks to the exemplary support of these Champions of Science, the partnership between research universities and federal agencies is stronger, our economic outlook is brighter, and the next generation of scientific innovation is within reach. I offer my thanks and congratulations, and I welcome each of them to the distinguished list of Champions of Science.”

For nearly 30 years, TSC has recognized 109 members of Congress with the “Champion of Science” Award for their commitment to secure federal funding for fundamental scientific research. Each champion is selected based on their voting records, bill sponsorships, letters of support, and other activities that furthered scientific discovery and innovation. Each awardee demonstrates an unwavering dedication to supporting research institutions and the advancement of fundamental scientific advancement across all disciplines.


About the Science Coalition

Established in 1994, The Science Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 of the nation’s leading public and private research universities. It is dedicated to sustaining the federal government’s investment in basic scientific research as a means to stimulate the economy, spur innovation, and drive the United States’ global competitiveness.