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Research, especially when it involves extensive field work and instrumentation & equipment can rarely be done on a "shoestring". The IU Shale Research Lab has been fortunate to have received continuous funding from a variety of sources for more than a decade. Our contributors and the type of research they have funded are listed below.
The Petroleum Research Fund (American Chemical Society) has supported multiple research projects, most notable the various phases of our research on Devonian black shales    
 
The National Science Foundation has supported multiple shale-related research projects, as well as fundamental petrographic studies, studies of microbial biomineralization, and the acquisition of our field emission ESEM.
NSF has supported flume investigations of mudstone sedimentology, and is currently supporting research on the co-deposition of marine snow and clays with our latest environmental flume.
NASA support is mainly related to remote sensing results from Mars that suggest that mudstones are probably a significant component of Mars sedimentary rocks
NASA has supported experimental work on the eolian abrasion of sedimentary rocks, research on potential biosignatures and fossilization potential of iron microbes, and is supporting my participation in the current Mars Science Lab Mission.
ExxonMobil has over the years supported shale research through data sharing, equipment loans and direct grants.
ExxonMobil is supporting flume-lab and SEM-lab operations through unrestricted grants in support of shale research
Chevron, Anadarko, Marathon, Shell, ConocoPhillips, and Wintershall support the IU Shale Research Lab through annual contributions to an industry consortium that funds our exploration of a broad range of topics in shale sedimentology and diagenesis. New members to join in 2014 are Whiting Petroleum and Statoil. Additional non-consortium support provided by Schlumberger/TerraTek and Pioneer







 

Currently, cumulative support of research by federal agencies (NSF, NASA), private foundations (PRF-ACS), and industry currently adds up to 7 million dollars.
 
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