Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) sounds like a serious new field of study but what if one attaches the more colloquial title of cold fusion? Whatever did happened to Pons and Fleischmann? However with the lure of cheap energy and as potential funding issues surface LENR is attracting debate and major questions relating to fact or fraud being posed.
I believe that one Isaac Newton contributed a few things to science but managed
to spend years working on alchemy and the occult, including the Philosopher's
Stone. Were his grant applications peer reviewed?