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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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About Us

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. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, 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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Image From Twitter Federal investment supports research activities at universities like @OhioState, but Ohio is at risk of losing $5.1 billion due to sequestration. #RaiseTheCaps @RepDaveJoyce @RepMarcyKaptur @RepTimRyan https://t.co/fXaKH7Tdoh Read More
.@EmoryUniversity researchers are studying turncoats – a type of immune cell that promotes tumor progression in Glioblastomas, the deadliest type of brain tumor – which may give them a strategy to block them as a part of cancer treatment. #ThankstoScience https://t.co/JqcycULA9L Read More
The House recently passed a funding bill for @USDA_NIFA’s AFRI, @NASA, @usnistgov, @NOAA, & @NSF. Now, it’s time for Congress and the WH to #RaiseTheCaps to prevent a $5.1 billion cut to research agencies. #ThankstoScience https://t.co/vNZ6H2tjgO https://t.co/6oIHMtjUsu Read More
The @SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launched yesterday with a number of @NASA technology demonstrations and science missions on board – including the Deep Space Atomic Clock that could revolutionize the way spacecraft navigate. 🚀 #ThankstoScience https://t.co/ncjZ5GATq5 Read More
Image From Twitter North Dakota is at risk of losing $4.4 million in federal research investment, unless Congress and the WH #RaiseTheCaps. These funds drive local economies and American innovation at research universities. @SenJohnHoeven https://t.co/GM09UzDQd6 Read More
Image From Twitter North Carolina is at risk of losing $152.9 million in federal research investment, unless Congress and the WH #RaiseTheCaps. These funds drive local economies and American innovation at research universities like @NCState. @RepDavidEPrice https://t.co/zlhrfdNB5M Read More
House passed increased funding for @USDA_NIFA’s AFRI, @NASA, @usnistgov, @NOAA, & @NSF. These agencies are integral partners for the researchers & scientists at America’s universities & funding them is key to advancing our scientific enterprise. https://t.co/OCJpAOufK9 Read More
Drug resistance, a major problem when treating cancer, is thought to be fueled by cell-cell differences. With support from @NIH, @stonybrooku researchers are studying cell lines to figure out just how chemotherapy resistance develops. #ThankstoScience https://t.co/wDXlFqWsvN ⚕️ Read More
Image From Twitter Federal investment supports research at universities like @Columbia, @nyuniversity, @PaceUniversity, @UofR, @RockefellerUniv, @StonyBrookU, @SUNY, & @UBuffalo, but NY is at risk of losing $340.5M due to sequestration. #RaiseTheCaps @NitaLowey @RepGraceMeng @RepJoseSerrano https://t.co/F1AUMCNAvE Read More
Did you know 80% of Americans support federal investment in scientific research? Findings from our 2018 poll also show that 60% of voters support increasing the amount of federal funding for science. #RaiseTheCaps #ThankstoScience. Learn more here: https://t.co/0YZinaLcBL🔭 🔬 Read More
Image From Twitter To prevent devastating cuts to federally funded research in New Mexico, we urge @SenatorTomUdall to work with his colleagues in Congress and the White House to #RaiseTheCaps. https://t.co/JfC5redp63 Read More
With access to healthy heart tissue, researchers at @Stanford were able to map out the gene activity of the heart before and after failure to better understand how heart health declines. Funding from @NIH & @NSF. #ThankstoScience ♥️ https://t.co/cnOY9kDPa9 Read More
We currently have little knowledge of the fundamentals of soils. #ThankstoScience researchers at @ENERGY’s @BerkeleyLab have found a pioneering technique that may enable a wave of new research allowing us to grasp large-scale environmental cycles. 🌱https://t.co/VxfMILLMIq Read More
Image From Twitter Federal investment supports research activities at universities like @Princeton and @RutgersU, but New Jersey is at risk of losing $51.7 million due to sequestration. #RaiseTheCaps https://t.co/O0zXxojNa2 Read More