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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. 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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.@ENERGY is supporting a solar economy by funding @Dartmouth researchers and their early-stage work on solar technology. Their research has the potential to lower the cost of electricity and create jobs across the state. https://t.co/LPELT0EsFj Read More
With funds from @NIH, @penn_state is building an app to help understand the development of neurological conditions in older patients, assessing their cognitive performance as they play games and record stress levels. Read More
.@ENERGY is supporting a solar economy by funding @Dartmouth researchers and their early-stage work on solar technologies. Their research has the potential to lower the cost of electricity and create jobs across the state. https://t.co/LPELT0EsFj Read More
Call it the Space Embrace. @UNOOSA is hoping to leverage investment in space exploration as a tool to encourage international cooperation and problem-solving. #FundamentalResearch https://t.co/dGdmkXrqXD Read More
With the advent of automated vehicles, drive time could soon be work time. Researchers at @UofNH are testing different automobile environments to establish the most productive activities to be carried out in transit. https://t.co/IgNgSi6TX6 Read More
Though we’ve long understood the theoretical potential of quantum energy, it wasn’t until recently that scientists were able to engineer an environment that maintained the necessary superposition state. Read More
Have you heard of @NINDSnews? Thanks to funding from @NIH, they’re investigating how the nervous system works and what goes wrong in neurological diseases. #FundamentalResearch https://t.co/B93QQgxmVf Read More
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
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
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
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