Cantwell Recognized With 2020 Champion of Science Award

Award honors Cantwell for supporting federal investment in scientific research

This week, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, was awarded with the 2020 Champion of Science Award by The Science Coalition for her commitment to science through funding investments in federal research agencies. She was nominated for the award by the University of Washington and Washington State University. 

Senator Cantwell has been a tireless champion of the sciences throughout her tenure in the Senate. In December, she worked with her colleagues to secure a $2.6 billion increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health, which supports Washington state research institutions such as Washington State University, the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and many others in finding better treatments and new cures for diseases. 

Since 1999, more than 100 members of Congress have been recognized with the Champion of Science Award for their efforts to secure federal funding for fundamental scientific research – through their voting records, bill sponsorships, letters of support, or other activities aimed at boosting scientific discovery. According to The Science Coalition, awardees are selected for their support of research institutions and their tireless efforts to ensure fundamental scientific advancement across all disciplines.