Colorado State University (CSU) researchers and faculty shared their perspectives on science advocacy and public engagement with Research!America Vice President of Communications Suzanne Ffolkes at the Women in Science Workshop, hosted by CSU, and Science on Tap, a program that connects science with the Fort Collins community. With growing uncertainty about sustained public investments in academic research, attendees at both events, held April 12 -13, expressed interest in boosting their engagement with policymakers and the public to ensure the health and economic benefits of research are being communicated to a broader audience. Ffolkes, a presenter at the workshop and Science on Tap, said building relationships and thanking policymakers for their support are necessary to help elevate scientific research as a national priority. A majority of Americans across the political spectrum agree that public policies should be based on the best available science, she added. Ffolkes urged researchers to keep abreast of policy developments related to research on the state and federal level, and seek opportunities to promote academic research supported by public investments with decision-makers and the public to increase awareness.