Natural Science Collections Alliance

Our members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research, exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.


Through our strategic partnership with the American Institute of Biological Sciences and our Washington, DC office, the NSC Alliance actively advances federal research and science policy reflective of the needs and concerns of the natural science collections community. The NSC Alliance works to ensure that our members have timely and accurate information about federal policy developments, enabling members of the community to effectively communicate with decision-makers. Policy staff members communicate NSC Alliance interests to members of Congress, various Executive Branch agency leaders, and other scientific societies and organizations. Representatives of NSC Alliance member institutions are encouraged to join our efforts. Please contact your institutional representative, a member of the Board of Directors, or NSC Alliance Executive Director Jyotsna Pandey to learn how you may help advance the interests of natural science collections.

Washington Report

The NSC Alliance publishes the Washington Report, a monthly electronic public policy newsletter for NSC Alliance Institutional Members. The Washington Report contains breaking news on funding policy, regulatory issues, and other public policy developments of interest to the natural science collections community.

To learn how your institution can join the NSC Alliance and take advantage of this service, please visit our Membership page or contact Diane Bosnjak at

A Voice for Collections

The NSC Alliance Executive Director and members of the Board of Directors routinely meet with government leaders to help explain the importance of natural science collections to the continued vitality of scientific research and education, and to the identification, understanding and resolution of persistent issues impacting society.

The NSC Alliance frequently comments on government proposals and provides testimony to Congress. NSC Alliance leadership were among the individuals that worked to ensure that federal collections were identified as a priority by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and Office of Science and Technology Policy. NSC Alliance leadership also worked to formalize support for U.S. biological collections in the recently passed CHIPS and Science Act.

Read NSC Alliance’s recent position statements and testimonies.

Coalition Efforts

Through our presence in Washington, DC the NSC Alliance is an active participant in various coalitions working to advance funding for scientific collections, museum programs, scientific research, and formal and informal science education. The NSC Alliance is a member of the Coalition for National Science Funding ( and the USGS Coalition (


For more information, please contact NSCA Executive Director Dr. Jyotsna Pandey at

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