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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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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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