This is the time of year for announcements of major science awards and prizes. So we at Research!America are thrilled to announce our science Advocacy Awards as well (read more on page one). It’s a good time for all of us who care deeply about research and innovation to celebrate, and it’s also an opportunity. This is the time to ‘connect the dots’ for our friends and family, who might take note of a Kavli, Janssen, Lasker, Heinz or Nobel Prize winner in the news. There are many possible conversations – one builds on the fact that only in recent decades have Americans dominated international science awards, a reflection of the priority the nation placed on science after the Second World War. Not only has science and innovation driven the U.S. economy as a result, but many lives have been saved. You can go on to say that the U.S. hasn’t been prioritizing science and innovation recently, rather taking continued progress a bit too much for granted...this is a risky proposition for a nation that aspires to world-leading science, a thriving economy and better health for all. Which in turn is a very good reason to think carefully about whom to cast your ballot for next month. There will be a new Administration and a new Congress in 2017, the question is will science and innovation be high on the agenda for the members of either or both? Candidates who are elected on platforms placing a high priority on our issues will act on them in office. It’s not too late to reach out to the candidates on your ballot to emphasize that strengthening this nation’s commitment to science and innovation, and with it medical progress, and economic prosperity, is a voting issue for you. One you hope and trust it is one they embrace if they want to win your vote!