About Us

Our Mission

We’re on a mission to elect more scientists to Congress, state legislatures, and local offices. As trained problem-solvers, STEM professionals are ready, willing, and able to find solutions for the significant challenges facing America in the 21st century. 

With a millions-strong grassroots network of engaged supporters in every part of the country, 314 works to promote the scientific and evidence-based policy communities and has become one of the most impactful organizations in progressive politics.

In 2018, we played a pivotal role in flipping the United States House of Representatives by electing nine first-time science candidates such as Dr. Kim Schrier, the first pediatrician elected to Congress, and registered nurse Lauren Underwood, the youngest Black woman to serve in the U.S. House.

In November 2020, the only two Democrats who flipped United States Senate seats – Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona and Sen. John Hickenlooper of Colorado – were recruited to run for office by our organization.

With staff ranging from an entrepreneurial scientist who stepped into the electoral arena to seasoned political operatives and skilled fundraisers, 314 provides critical resources and expertise to STEM candidates new to politics. 

We reach out to scientific communities, identifying women and men with professional STEM backgrounds to run for local, state, and federal offices. Our work includes training and supporting our endorsed candidates, ensuring they have the cutting-edge tools to run successful campaigns. 

  • Voters not only trust STEM professionals to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, they are more trusted than any other profession to handle the greatest issues facing the U.S. right now.
  • Two-thirds of voters say it is very important for elected officials to have an understanding of science as the nation confronts this pandemic.

Named for the number Pi — 3.14 — We work to:

Shift public perception

We work to ensure every American is informed about the scientific and fact-based solutions which can build a better and safer future for our nation.

Change Policy

We promote pro-evidence policies that will generate solutions to our greatest national challenges, and mobilize voters, advocates, and legislators to implement these solutions.

Challenge Solutions Not Evidence-Based

We speak out against political solutions that are not evidence-based and can lead to greater harm for the American people. We help bridge the political and scientific communities.

  • Voters believe our country’s politicians lack the experience necessary to address the coronavirus pandemic and blame politicians for not listening to scientists.
  • Voters are most concerned that Trump and Republicans overruled scientists and failed to take decisive actions early enough to stop the virus.

Here’s How We Do It

314 has two core entities, each with a distinct function, both leading the charge for the scientific and pro-evidence based policy communities.  

314 Action: Advocacy and Training

Formed in June 2016, 314 Action is registered as a 501c4 non-profit. 314 Action serves the mission of the organization by working on awareness campaigns, candidate training, development, and advocacy.

314 Action organizes the science community to support STEM candidates with the resources they need to be competitive in political campaigns. More than 80 cents of every dollar donated to 314 Action directly funds our mission-based activities.

314 Action is committed to transparency, although not required by law, we have chosen to voluntarily disclose all our donors over $250 in a two year election cycle. Click here to view our donors.

314 Action Fund Political Action Committee

Our 314 Action Fund is a federal political action committee (PAC) which furthers our mission and work by directly contributing to candidates and providing them with the resources they need to lead a successful campaign.

Recognizing successful electoral politics is part qualitative and part quantitative, we base financial support and endorsement of our candidates on the strength of the candidate, campaign team, message and solid fundraising, as well as the incumbent’s profile, and the demographics and projected trends in the district.

Since its founding, 314 Action Fund has helped elect over ten scientists to the U.S. House, three to the U.S. Senate, and more than one hundred others to state and local offices across the country.

  • Voters are more favorable to candidates with a background in science over other professions.
  • Voters believe candidates with a background in science are independent, trained problem-solvers, and honest.

October 2019 GSG Survey of 1321 voters in battleground states

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