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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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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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.@NASA’s Kepler mission found the first earth-like planet in the solar system in 2015, a significant milestone in our journey to finding Earth 2.0. #ThankstoScience #25YearsofScience https://t.co/KzRP7gHtPH Read More
New @ScienceTimesCom piece on the importance of federal investment in fundamental research featuring two @MIT professors: “Reviving U.S. support of science and technology is one of the best ways we can generate economic growth.” #ThankstoScience https://t.co/rr5T148DgB Read More
In 2014, scientists at @IBM created “True North,” a brain-like chip that could change how computers interact with the world. Funding from @ENERGY’s @DARPA. #ThankstoScience #25YearsofScience https://t.co/jIuHG3UBSb Read More
Two researchers at @MIT successfully implanted a false memory into a mouse in 2013, opening up the idea of using memory modification to treat mental diseases such as PTSD, #Alzheimers, and depression. #ThankstoScience #25YearsofScience https://t.co/ZEyWxaR8RH Read More
In 2012, physicists at @CERN finally discovered that the “God particle,” which allows for the existence of matter, exists and completed the standard model of particle physics. #ThankstoScience #25YearsofScience https://t.co/3HBD2nQ19k Read More
RT @usnistgov: From how galaxies form to how wireless networks perform, NIST's Digital Library of Mathematical Functions can help us unders… Read More
In 2007, researchers at @UMich @UMengineering developed a material similar to a “transparent aluminum,” a durable composite that could be used to reinforce lightweight armor or aircrafts. #ThankstoScience #25YearsofScience https://t.co/yKpT5Bojjs Read More
Thanks to support from @USDA, @EPA, @NASA, and @NSF, our universities are helping to secure the health of our planet for generations to come. #EarthDay #ThankstoScience https://t.co/DZ1waJngHT Read More
On #EarthDay, we celebrate the work of dedicated scientists, researchers, and students at America’s research universities who are leading the fight against climate change. #ThankstoScience https://t.co/DZ1waJngHT Read More
To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we launched SCIENCE 2034, looking forward 20 years and focusing on what the future may hold if we continue to fund incredibly important fundamental scientific research. Where will we be? #ThankstoScience #25YearsofScience https://t.co/zqWIpAIfpO Read More
Researchers from @UofR have developed a phonon laser, a first-of-its-kind tool in quantum physics that can be used to investigate sensing and information processing. #ThankstoScience https://t.co/nZqNyNdcxr Read More
.@Princeton’s @PPPLab is applying deep learning – a powerful new version of the machine learning form of AI – to speed the development of safe, clean, and virtually limitless fusion energy for generating electricity. #ThankstoScience https://t.co/etjH0dwWJI Read More
In 2013, TSC released its second “Sparking Economic Growth” report, highlighting an additional 100 companies that trace their roots to federally-funded university #FundamentalResearch. #ThankstoScience #25YearsofScience https://t.co/WhOpd46UwA Read More
TSC helped launch the @GoldGooseAward in 2012 with 11 other organizations including @AAU and @APLU. The award distinguishes federally-funded “silly-sounding science that’s returned serious benefits to society.” #ThankstoScience #25YearsofScience https://t.co/5urWDZ4sXQ Read More
In 2010, physicists at @ucsantabarbara created a device that demonstrates quantum effects in the motion of a human-made object, providing a key step toward gaining complete control over an object’s motion at that level. #ThankstoScience #25YearsofScience https://t.co/Fjo1CVSd1o Read More