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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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Plants spread their roots deeper & wider in search of water when facing unsuitable climate conditions. New research from @UDelaware has uncovered how intercellular communication is driving this phenomenon. Learn more: https://t.co/tGY21ygKlw. #ThankstoScience #FundScience @NSF 🌱 Read More
Ready for a Great Space Bake Off? Astronauts can now bake cookies in space (and it only takes two hours longer)! Check out this new video of @NASA’s first chocolate chip cookies at @Space_Station ➡️ https://t.co/EBWL4EL4C8. #ThankstoScience 🍪 Read More
The smaller the microchip, the more its capability. With support from @NSF and @ENERGY, @Illinois_Alma researchers have developed 3D inductor technology that can create microchips smaller & more powerful than ever before. #ThankstoScience #FundScience https://t.co/wNLXzh5GrO Read More
Speaking about the nation’s technological progress, @MIT’s @amcafee says “The key is to not lose the position that we have… Read More
RT @mmowens: @AAUniversities For years @AAUniversities @APLU_News @InnovTaskForce & @scicoalition have warned about a growing #InnovationDe… Read More
RT @CUEngineering: Communicating big ideas can be difficult, but not for @CUBoulder grad student @Laxmevy! 🗣️He entered @SciCoalition's "… Read More
“In the long term, disinvestment [in #FundamentalResearch] can lead to stagnant productivity, lagging competitiveness, & reduced innovation.” More from Michael Collins in @IndustryWeek on the importance of federal funding for basic research: https://t.co/JEh0k9YbNN Read More
Did you know cement production is the world’s second largest source of CO2 emissions? Scientists at @universityofky’s @UKCAER are at the forefront of developing a more environmentally friendly, durable cement. Learn more: https://t.co/4fc3XDkcXH. #ThankstoScience @ARPAE Read More
🐝 Buzz Buzz 🐝 – “The Bee Capital of the World” is now home to the newest bee research lab. The facility gives @ucdavis & @USDA_ARS the opportunity to collaborate & investigate serious problems impacting bee colonies. #ThankstoScience #FundScience 🍯 https://t.co/r8eAuNbaMD Read More
RT @FSUartssciences: CONGRATS: Last month, @floridastate @FSU_EOAS graduate student Bryan Keller won the People’s Choice Award in @scicoali… Read More
Exercise is good for our skin and a protein in mice mimics the same outcome, according to @Northeastern researchers. Learn more about the new study exploring the anti-aging mechanisms important for skin health: https://t.co/koNackOXdg. #ThankstoScience #FundScience 🐁 Read More
A new study from biologists at @UBuffalo has unveiled the basic properties of a protein related to #Parkinson’s disease, which could inform an early treatment strategy for those suffering from the disease. Funding from @NIH. #ThankstoScience #FundScience https://t.co/tY5szmojbB Read More
A research team from @dartmouth has discovered a new immune checkpoint that could be a new target for fighting cancer and other autoimmune diseases. Learn more in @FierceBiotech: https://t.co/cgRDWEeznD. #ThankstoScience #FundScience Read More
It’s alive! #ThankstoScience, @CUBoulder researchers have created a new type of concrete using photosynthetic microbes that not only has a low-carbon footprint, but can repair itself and even reproduce. More in @nytimes: https://t.co/Sof1hVejig. @DARPA 🧱 Read More
As other countries continue to invest more in science & engineering research, U.S. global leadership in science is slipping. Read more in @insidehighered on a new report from @NSF_NSB on the state of the nation’s scientific enterprise: https://t.co/dHuZN8Yk2M. #FundScience Read More