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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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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
RT @UM_DCOffice: Many thanks to @RepHaleyStevens for addressing @scicoalition this morning. We appreciated hearing your remarks about the w… Read More
RT @RepHaleyStevens: It’s a science and innovation packed day! Had breakfast with @scicoalition to discuss university research Participated… Read More
RT @RepHaleyStevens: I had a wonderful time with @scicoalition this morning, and I look forward to working with them alongside my @HouseSci… Read More
“The beauty, as well as the challenge, of basic science is that you can’t always predict what the outcome of the work is going to be. You’re investing in the creation of new knowledge” - @NobelPrize winner William G. Kaelin Jr. More of his @harvardmed Q&A: https://t.co/CxjxVhpmAc Read More
Image From Twitter It was a pleasure to hear from @RepHaleyStevens this morning on the importance of prioritizing #FundamentalResearch funding in Congress and promoting #WomeninSTEM. Thank you for supporting science! #ThankstoScience @UMich https://t.co/YbaBQAyZIu Read More
RT @TIMatNUGov: The @scicoalition had @RepHaleyStevens to breakfast. She is a passionate about basic research, STEM Ed and lifelong learnin… Read More
While researching how plant cells divide & expand, @UCRiverside uncovered a protein that acts as an “on/off switch” for plant growth – which could be key to saving crops endangered by extreme weather. #ThankstoScience @NSF @USDA 🌱https://t.co/PcvAMUshXD Read More
Examining a meteorite from Australia, scientists have found grains of 7-billion-year-old stardust giving us new insights into the history of the universe. More: https://t.co/pQfBOONu7P. @NASA #ThankstoScience ✨ Read More
RT @UOKnightCampus: Exciting work coming from @IONatUO! https://t.co/KdSUdxgJV7 Read More
Through an artificial photosynthesis process, @UMich scientists have found how to make green methane out of carbon dioxide, water, & sunlight – which could lead to development of carbon neutral natural-gas-powered-devices. #ThankstoScience #FundScience ☀️ https://t.co/75YEHoaR1i Read More
ICYMI: A @NASAGoddard intern recently discovered a new planet… Read More