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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. 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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@SCICOALITION|Nov 15
Ahead of their cybersecurity research and development plan rewrite, @NSF is asking the public to suggest new technologies that improve the “security, resiliency, and trustworthiness of the digital infrastructure.” https://t.co/mglpSqcjI4 Read More
@SCICOALITION|Nov 14
Image From Twitter Thank you @RepBillJohnson for speaking at our Headliner Happy Hour this evening! We enjoyed hearing how your appreciation for #FundamentalResearch has grown throughout your political career, starting in your early days with @usairforce. https://t.co/N3QrR8QVEy Read More
@SCICOALITION|Nov 14
Believe it or not, barn owls’ midbrains have shaped our understanding of distraction in humans. Researchers at @JohnsHopkins studied owl neuron activity and are one step closer to understanding how, and why, humans get distracted. https://t.co/4LnM9JbnpF Read More
@SCICOALITION|Nov 13
Quantum research is in its early stages and @Illinois_Alma is investing $15 million to become a leader in the technology. Quantum innovation spans all sectors, from combating cybersecurity threats to simulating complicated chemical reactions. https://t.co/dZvU8o0TNn Read More
@SCICOALITION|Nov 13
When magnetism exists, superconductivity cannot – at least that’s what we used to think. Once a material becomes superconductive, it usually cancels out its magnetic properties and there are few materials that can remain in both states. Read More
One group came out a winner in these midterm elections: Candidates with #STEM backgrounds. In fact, the 116th Congress will include nine new members of Congress who got their start in STEM. https://t.co/D9KXGldiJt Read More
In the 90’s, the U.S. was dominant in laser technology, but today 80-90% of the high-intensity laser systems are abroad. That’s why @ENERGY’s new, $6.8 million national initiative, LaserNetUS, is partnering with labs & universities across the country. https://t.co/3fUNK8MD3y Read More
Supercomputersmay sound likesomething fromscience-fiction, but today’s researchers use them as tools toeffectively run large-scale simulationsand data analysis. Read More
Happy #NationalSTEMday! Countless #FundamentalResearch discoveries have been made possible by the curiosity-driven research of STEM leaders, and today we celebrate them all. Read More
RT @NASAGoddard: NASA is making STEM for everyone with outreach initiatives like #STEMNightIn, a STEM-themed sleepover for local high schoo… Read More
From the BRAIN Initiative to Alzheimer’s research, it’s clear #FundamentalResearch results in immense benefits to society. “Congress has recognized that scientific research is central to both human health and the economy.” https://t.co/n5SnwEKfos Read More