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Peer Review


The Research Competitiveness Program manages the external peer review of proposals for organizations directly investing in research and development across a wide spectrum of topics related to S&T research, innovation, and commercialization. Members of our group have worked at the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, and with more than 30 funding agencies in the U.S. and around the world.

RCP has assembled and maintained an active network of thousands of experts in various fields of science, engineering, science policy and innovation, with experts from basic science to product development, technology transfer, and business management and entrepreneurship. When the expertise required for a proposal is not adequately represented in this network, RCP staff members are highly experienced in recruiting new reviewers and have extensive contacts that quickly refer us to the appropriate people.  In addition, RCP provides support to clients during the design of an external review process to ensure that the outcome meets the client’s needs.

The Research Competitiveness Program's Recent Activities in Peer Review:
RCP Provides Peer Review of Over 1100 Proposals
RCP provided peer review services for over 1,100 research grant proposals for Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullaziz City for Science and Technology’s inaugural rounds of the Applied Research Grant Program and Basic Research Grant Program. Read More.

RCP Provides Peer Review for UNC
In July 2017, RCP provided peer review services to the University of North Carolina General Administration (UNC GA) for their Inter-institutional Planning Grant (IPG) and Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI) programs. Read More.

RCP Provides Peer-Review for the RI Research Alliance Awards
RCP worked with the Rhode Island Research Alliance (part of the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council), to provide peer-review for their Collaborative Research Grant Awards. Read More

AAAS provides proposal reviews to Nebraska EPSCoR
AAAS provided 42 reviews for proposals submitted to the Nebraska EPSCoR Faculty FIRST Awards initiative, which is designed to help early career faculty initiate their research programs and compete more effectively for NSF CAREER grants. Read More.

Dell’s Plastics-Recycling Program Earns Green Electronics Award
Only about 40 percent of used electronics are currently collected for recycling, and much of that is "down-cycled" into materials of lesser quality, but the computer company aims to change that. Read More.

Students Tackle Sustainability Challenges in EPA P3 Competition
At the "People, Prosperity and the Planet" (P3) competition, students presented solutions to complex environmental problems to a panel of expert judges convened by AAAS. Read More.

Guided by AAAS Peer-Review, States Make the Most of Their R&D Programs
As federal spending remains tight, many states are stepping up their own R&D funding efforts. AAAS is helping several of them ensure they are supporting the best science. Read More.

AAAS Programs Work in Middle East to Strengthen Science Capacity
Saudi Arabia's national science program and AAAS' Research Competitiveness Program (RCP) have expanded their five-year partnership with a new agreement to analyze the impact of grants made under the country's strategic science plan. Read More