At the 2018 Annual Conference of the State Science and Technology Initiative (SSTI), RCP led a presentation and panel discussion on “Applying Scientific Review Processes to State Innovation Investment Applications.” RCP’s presentation was informed by our experience in facilitating peer review for over 1400 applications to state-based initiatives in Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Washington, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
RCP Senior Program Associate Martin Fernandez presented an overview of RCP’s state-level work, the goal of which is to mobilize the intellectual resources of the American science, engineering, and S&T policy communities to help improve the practice of research, development, and innovation nationwide, and which includes application review for state initiatives. The presentation delved into the use of scientific and technical review in the vetting process for state innovation and investment proposals, including a comparison of funding mechanisms and vetting approaches. RCP’s considerations in designing and customizing review processes were also discussed, including the alignment of review criteria with the goals of the funding organization, and suiting the review model to the goal in terms of number of reviewers, the timeline, and whether the review is consensus or individual.
The panel also included Dr. Ivy Estabrooke, Executive Director for Corporate Executive Programs at PolarityTE, and Joe Migliaccio, Director of Business Development at the Maine Technology Institute, each of whom discussed their insights into the process from the perspective of the funding organization.
The 2018 SSTI Annual Conference took place in Salt Lake City from December 3 – December 5, 2018.