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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. 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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#ThankstoScience & $5 million in support from @NSF, @StonyBrookU’s @IACSComputes will be testing an advanced computer system designed to give researchers the ability to conduct computational investigations more quickly and effectively. #FundScience 🖥️ https://t.co/PU6iR5WViF Read More
. @UCSF & @NIH researchers have found a way to use CRISPR, the gene editing tool, to alter activity of genes in human neurons generated by stem cells, which may fundamentally change how scientists study brain diseases. #ThankstoScience #FundScience 🧠🧬 https://t.co/65dpLK7der Read More
TODAY: @UCSanDiego and TSC present @RepScottPeters with the #ChampionsofScience award for his support of federal investment in #FundamentalResearch conducted at universities in California and across the country. #ThankstoScience https://t.co/7U8FK65rYG Read More
The @C3E_EnergyWomen Poster Competition submissions are open! Winning posters will be presented at the 8th annual Symposium at @TAMU from November 13-14. Enter here before September 1: https://t.co/qUoxakM4jF Read More
.@Dartmouth and @UofNH now have more funding to invest in scholarships and tools for STEM programs thanks to a $3.8 million grant from @NSF. #ThankstoScience #FundScience #NSFfunded 🔬 https://t.co/bzeT0jWRwd Read More
In an effort to boost crop yields, researchers from @uiowa have been awarded $750,000 from @NSF to work on developing a natural growth additive in fertilizer. #ThankstoScience #FundScience #NSFfunded 🌽 https://t.co/8vsjNKmtJz Read More
RT @ucsdgradlife: Relay your own stories as the next generation of student innovators!The Science Coalition is hosting a video challenge… Read More
Over two dozen @CUBoulder researchers will be part of a historic mission, receiving more than $10 million in support from @NSF, @ENERGY, & @NASA, to study one of the Earth’s most remote environments – the Arctic. #ThankstoScience #FundScience #NSFfunded ❄️ https://t.co/79LNV8RwRn Read More
.@SUNY scientists have made a breakthrough in #lupus research by identifying how the disease causes neurocognitive symptoms, providing researchers with the basic understanding necessary to develop effective treatments. #ThankstoScience #FundScience https://t.co/yYY1GkrAH0 Read More
“Given the stagnation in funding, the disparity with other countries, & the rising cost of scientific discovery, there’s a strong case to be made for an increase in federal research spending.” More from former @stonybrooku prof. @Noahpinion in @Bloomberg: https://t.co/5oHbC4th9W Read More
.@floridastate researchers have been using world-leading @NationalMagLab tools to explore why migraines occur & how they propagate to different brain areas – something that’s not well understood. A $3.3M @NIH grant is aiding the study. More: https://t.co/nYB2l3RK4f Read More
Congratulations to researchers from @UNLincoln who are receiving awards from @doescience’s Early Career Research Program – supporting the research of exceptional scientists starting out their careers. @ENERGY #ThankstoScience #FundScience 🎉 Read More
Faculty from @UMNews are among the 73 scientists receiving awards from @doescience as part of the Early Career Research Program. Congratulations on this achievement! @ENERGY #ThankstoScience #FundScience 🎉 Read More
.@UCSanDiego researchers have created a robotic lens that allows users to control zooms and movements with their eyes – the first example of an interface between humans & soft machines. #ThankstoScience #FundScience @USNavyResearch 👀 https://t.co/GHdh9xQ31a Read More
Big congratulations to the faculty from @UofNH who are receiving awards from @doescience’s Early Career Research Program. @ENERGY #ThankstoScience #FundScience 🎉 Read More