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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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Our Initiatives

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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TSC In Action

The Science Coalition regularly hosts events with current and former members of Congress, administration officials, and other stakeholders. Below you can browse photos that highlight some of our recent meetings and events.

Why Science Matters

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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Fund It Forward Student Video Challenge

The power of a great story can change the world. We need your help – your stories – to spread the word about why science matters. Help us remind Congress that now is the time to invest in science, that now is the time to Fund it Forward!

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Universities are conducting research at an unprecedented pace to find treatments for #COVID19 and mitigate future infections. Now more than ever, federal investment is critical, writes @UofCalifornia President Janet Napolitano and @carrie_byington of @UofCAHealth. #FundScience Read More
The COVID-19 Unified Research Experts (CURE) Alliance team at @universityofky is a new multi-disciplinary working group, bringing together the brightest minds in research, clinical care, and instruction to understand and treat #COVID19. https://t.co/VGYEFwaztE #ThankstoScience Read More
Universities are working day in and day out to find a treatment for #COVID19, and @RutgersU's @RutgersCancer is exploring a combination of a malaria drug and an antibiotic. This clinical trial is open to adults diagnosed with #COVID19. #FundScience https://t.co/voMg2AjgsC Read More
To increase access to personal protective equipment for health care workers on the frontlines of #COVID19, @SUNY’s @SUNYPolyInst and @newpaltz are creating parts for face shields using 3D printers. The final design will supply hundreds of masks a day. https://t.co/WzPn6kS3s3 Read More
Mechanical engineers at @AuburnU created a design to quickly and inexpensively convert CPAP machines into ventilators, which is especially important as hospitals are facing a ventilator shortage. #COVID19 Read More
Identifying asymptomatic carriers is key to slowing the spread of #COVID19, and a @penn_state researcher is working on a device that detects the virus’ genetic material instead of antibodies, which may be one of the best methods for early diagnosis. https://t.co/UwxEIcbelC Read More
Thank you, Dr. France Córdova, for your support and work with TSC during your tenure as Director of @NSF. We look forward to working with now-Acting Director of @NSF and @WHOSTP Director Kelvin Droegemeier to continue supporting #FundamentalResearch. https://t.co/4KSC7LnfOh Read More
.@EmoryUniversity is working with state government officials to begin #COVID testing at the university’s research labs to help offset the surge in demand. The “laboratory surge capacity plan” could process more than 3,000 samples per day. https://t.co/GawPpwgemJ #FundScience Read More
In an “all hands on deck” moment, @uiowa’s @UIPharmacy is teaming up with the university’s hospital system to produce and distribute hand sanitizer to health care staff during the #COVID19 outbreak & collaborating on vaccines and treatments for the virus. https://t.co/Clz60qI1ya Read More
RT @NSF: NSF is pleased to announce that @WHOSTP Director Kelvin Droegemeier is serving as Acting NSF Director, effective March 31, 2020: h… Read More
A new AI tool developed at @nyuniversity with @Columbia predicts which patients with #COVID19 will go on to experience severe respiratory disease. When operationalized, it may help doctors advise whether patients should go to the hospital or rest at home. https://t.co/JA2P2g9fDC Read More
Researchers at @UCBerkeley’s @igisci are creating a pop-up diagnostic lab which could provide the results of #COVID19 testing in less than 24 hours. The lab will increase testing capacity in the Bay Area and provide critical public health data. https://t.co/OUtXRj8Xru Read More
.@UMNews is hosting three clinical trials into #COVID19 treatments, and thanks to the volume of public interest, has been able to recruit numerous participants to the studies – reducing the timeline for drug treatments from years to possibly months. https://t.co/IwbXkWQe1X Read More