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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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.@CUEngineering has been awarded $1.6 million from @DOE @ARPAE to develop new technologies in soil and crop health, helping farmers to monitor and respond to conditions in their soil in real-time. https://t.co/ocTFFX3j77 Read More
Eight students at @WestVirginiaU have been awarded undergraduate fellowships from the @NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium to complete their original research projects, which focus on everything from astrobiology to materials science. https://t.co/VKFjToXB96 Read More
The government shutdown has halted research and innovation work across the country, including @UF. @DrDavidNorton says “each day of the shutdown eats away at our competitiveness as institutions and as a nation.” https://t.co/KgvW1l3wcU Read More
As the longest government shutdown continues, the effects on research agencies are increasingly clear. Without funding, all @NSF and @NASA research projects are at a standstill. https://t.co/avLLdxjiFQ Read More
Image From Twitter By this time last year, @NSF had awarded $100M+ in grants to fund 300+ research projects. Today, that number stands at ZERO because of the government shutdown. The NSF is vital to #FundamentalResearch, supporting discoveries that benefit all Americans. https://t.co/gvNRStZ67u https://t.co/Y1rIbPPQic Read More
In a new study from @NIH, researchers found that some of the damage caused by neurodegenerative diseases is linked to a gene in the immune system. By controlling the gene, scientists may be able to lessen the reaction in the brain. https://t.co/hwRtsuAKck Read More
The government may have deemed science research “non-essential” during the shutdown, but that prevents critical work, such as wildfire control and drought monitoring, and risks people’s safety and future livelihood. https://t.co/UYF4AZOiS6 Read More
Researchers at @nyuniversity are using stem cells from bone marrow to cut the healing time of wounded skin in diabetic mice by almost one third. For the 30 million Americans with diabetes, healing skin and preventing infection is a big deal. https://t.co/uSPlPxUHIj Read More
New Year’s was a celebration of exploration for @NASA & @JHUAPL scientists. Their @NASANewHorizons spacecraft completed its observation of #UltimaThule, the most distant object ever visited. The info could provide answers about the solar system’s origins.https://t.co/G7mDHg2Vvt Read More
Scientists at @UMLifeSciences may have just found the fountain of youth — in worms. They’ve identified a molecule that slows motor function and increases frailty, and were able to reverse its effects. And many species, including humans, share the molecule. https://t.co/Xx83OAq1RT Read More
Despite the government shutdown, some operations are able to go on. @LSST, which is funded in part by @NSF, says it can continue for several more weeks without interruption. https://t.co/UQtqarXEEV Read More
As the government shutdown enters its third week, scientists are feeling its impact. Without the ability to collect and analyze data, time-sensitive research can never be recovered. Read More
The government shutdown affects science too. With both @NSF and @NASA furloughed, federal funding for #FundamentalResearch could be impacted for months to come. https://t.co/UQtqarXEEV Read More