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Federally Funded Research Means:Stronger National Security

Open Water Power has developed a novel aluminum-water platform technology for undersea power generation. Invented and patented by company founders at MIT, the electrochemical system provides safe, scalable and non-toxic energy storage, improving endurance of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and sensors used by the U.S. Navy.

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Federally Funded Research Means:More Efficient, Renewable Energy

Virent, Inc. converts plant-based sugars into a full range of hydrocarbon products identical to those made from petroleum, including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and chemicals for plastics and fibers. Originally discovered at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Virent’s technology produces its hydrocarbon chemicals and fuels in a few hours, compared to the millions of years required for petroleum.

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Federally Funded Research Means:Abundant, More Resilient Crops

As the world’s population continues to grow and human activity places increasing stress on the environment, finding new ways to increase crop yields is a pressing problem. University of Nebraska spinout company Epicrop aims to address this challenge with its revolutionary epigenetic technology to improve a plant’s stress tolerance.

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Federally Funded Research Means:Life-Saving Medical Treatments

Semma Therapeutics is working to turn stem cells into insulin-producing cells for patients with type 1 diabetes. Building on groundbreaking research at Harvard University’s Stem Cell Institute, which identified a way to turn stem cells into functional, insulin-producing cells on a mass scale, the team at Semma hopes to profoundly change diabetes treatment.

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Established in 1994, the Science Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 of the nation’s leading public and private research universities. It is dedicated to sustaining the federal government’s investment in fundamental scientific research as a means to stimulate the economy, spur innovation, and drive American competitiveness.

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The Science Coalition works to demonstrate the benefits of fundamental scientific research to the public and to celebrate the work that legislators, agency officials, and university researchers do every day to promote fundamental research. Learn more about our most recent Champion of Science Award reception below.

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If America wants to maintain our innovative edge, create meaningful jobs and realize economic growth, then we must make funding for scientific research a national priority.

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The 2018 Nobel Prize Laureates prove that discoveries made on university campuses are never too small to change the world. Learn more: https://t.co/nEO5RV8ff2 Read More
Using greenhouse gases for clean energy? By converting carbon dioxide into “building block” molecules, scientists at @stonybrooku are hoping a single-ion catalyst may turn pollutants into hydrocarbon fuels. https://t.co/odoMKjLrJL Read More
A @UBuffalo ophthalmologist has received an @NIH grant to apply new animal models to RP59, a rare disorder which causes blindness in children. Her goal is to develop an effective gene therapy leading to better prevention or a cure. https://t.co/cqqpeFzV0G Read More
Now that @NASAInSight has landed safely on Mars, @SUNYGeneseo professor Nick Warner will recommend where geological instruments should be placed to best capture the planet’s seismic shocks, heat, and rotation rate. https://t.co/EvNiVDM5Cf Read More
According to a new poll, Americans find it increasingly important to invest in scientific research to protect the environment and create new technologies that will support job growth and boost productivity. #sciencematters https://t.co/V2bckA6p5k Read More
Fundamental research leads to new medicine, energy technology and ways to protect the environment. These are just a few reasons why a majority of Americans believe the government should increase investment in scientific research, according to our new poll. https://t.co/V2bckA6p5k Read More
Voters agree: #sciencematters for the economy. A new poll we commissioned finds that 7 in 10 voters – across the political spectrum --- believe scientific research creates jobs and grows the economy. https://t.co/V2bckA6p5k Read More
Image From Twitter RT @GovExec: Poll Backs Federal Science Spending That Trump Sought to Cut https://t.co/xwLPxya7A5 https://t.co/7d9X4mHfL2 Read More
New poll finds 82% of voters approve of using taxpayer funds to invest in scientific research, which drives American innovation, creates jobs, and secures our economy #sciencematters https://t.co/V2bckA6p5k Read More
New poll: 94% of voters believe it is important for the United States to be the global leader in science and technology #sciencematters https://t.co/V2bckA6p5k Read More
Image From Twitter Our new poll found that nearly all voters believe U.S. global leadership in science research and technology is important, with 61% finding it “very important” – up from 48% in 2015. #ScienceMatters https://t.co/V2bckA6p5k https://t.co/kGwbfjxEMY Read More
Technological innovation is relentless, and we need computers with the capacity to keep up. Backed by @NSF funding, researchers at @floridastate are building software infrastructure capable of high-powered computing and big data research for the future. https://t.co/eFTECXtCCl Read More
Before the brain decides what the eyes are looking at, it must first detect that something is there. Scientists from @NatEyeInstitute have created a mathematical model demonstrating how neurons in the brain use visual information to make decisions. https://t.co/8AbNaAWThg Read More
.@NSF is removing limits on the number of proposal submissions allowed each year for researchers, opening up space for experienced researchers to continue their work while supporting the work of up-and-coming investigators. https://t.co/r86Usknfug Read More
With a slew of new members-elect with #STEM backgrounds headed to Congress in 2019, science has proven to be powerful at the polls. https://t.co/qtrOHWIIT3 Read More