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General information on the Public & Governmental Affairs Center [MORE]
- CONGRESSIONAL VISIT DAYS
Learn more about this annual event in Washington D.C.
- FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
List of funding sources for materials-related projects.
TMS Membership Required for access. [MORE]
- TMS MGI Ambassador Program
TMS has established a network of respected leaders well versed in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) who serve as regional points of contact for public outreach and engagement regarding MGI-related events or inquiries. [MORE]
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Public and Governmental Affairs Resource Center
The Public and Governmental Affairs Committee of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) attempts to communicate to both the general public and various governments about the economic and environmental importance of materials research and development. This on-line resource center is a manifestation of this commitment.
TMS is a non-polictically affiliated international professional membership organization based in the United States and developed these pages for members of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), the general public, and representatives of government agencies and associations (in the United States and throughout the world). The content is maintained by the volunteer members of the TMS Public and Govermental Affairs Committee.
The overall goals of the public and government affairs committee is to:
- Facilitate communication among all interested parties.
- Accelerate the dissemination of information on funding opportunities, policy-making, and science and engineering news.
- Provide insight into the economic and environmental importance of materials research and development.
From this perspective, the site essentially serves as a clearing house of links to web sites that provide
general background on materials, their use, and their impact on the environment and global economies,
timely news of materials science and engineering trends by government decision makers worldwide as applies to both technology and scientists and engineers
and tools for finding funding in the materials arena.
Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship
TMS, in partnership with the Materials Research Society (MRS), seeks candidates for an annual Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship in
Washington, D.C. The fellowship can provide the recipient (a society member) with an invaluable public policy learning experience, contribute
to a more effective use of materials knowledge in government, and broaden awareness about the value of scientist and engineer-government interaction
among Society members and within the federal government.
Apply for a Fellowship
Applications are accepted annually from September through the first week of January. Learn how to apply.
To view current and past Congressional Fellows, click here.
CONGRESSIONAL VISIT DAYS
Each spring, scientists and engineers from a variety of disciplines meet in Washington, D.C., to discuss these issues with their representatives in Congress. TMS encourages its members to voice their support for increased federal funding of Research and Development in the physical sciences by joining in Congressional Visit Days.
Learn more about getting involved with the upcoming CVD, and register to attend by visiting the
Congressional Visit Days home page.
P&GA ADVOCACY POLICY
TMS welcomes the opportunity to work cohesively and purposefully with other organizations and professional societies to accomplish universal goals that support our mission to promote materials science and technology.
Please review the TMS Advocacy guiding principals and Approval Process before requesting society endorsement for any initiative. View the current Advocacy Positions, which was endorsed on June, 15, 2009.
Below are activities and communication to advance the policy goals for the materials science and engineering community.
Statement on U.S. Immigration and Visa System
TMS has joined 14 other engineering societies in issuing a statement to the U.S. president and congress “to work with all interested parties to ensure that our country's visa and immigration systems maintain the flow of individuals and ideas upon which our country's prosperity and progress depend.” The other signatories on the statement are AAES, ABET, AIAA, AIChE, ANS, ASABE, ASCE, ASEE, ASME, HFES, IEEE-USA, OSA, SAE, and SPIE. The statement was delivered in February 2017.
Opportunity to Comment on Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI)
- TMS joined 37 other societies and companies to encourage Congress to advance critical minerals legislation and offer support for related efforts.
Letter on Critical Minerals Support
TMS acted as a technical resource to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources by providing experts from our membership on critical minerals
when S. 1600 Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013 was being prepared for reintroduction. TMS members Toni Marechaux, Don Gubser, and Robert Latiff
participated in a series of meetings in 2012-2013 with Senate Energy Committee staff. One of the TMS member experts, Robert Latiff, was asked to testify
during the Senate hearing for the legislation on January 28, 2014. The link to Dr. Latiff’s testimony is
- TMS joined 36 other societies and companies to support the Bingaman-Murkowski substitute amendment to S. 1113, the "Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2011."
Letter of Support for Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2011-Amendment to S. 1113