STEM Program Assessment

RCP assists countries, states, agencies, universities, foundations, and others in the strategic planning, management, and evaluation of programmatic activities in order to help them improve their research competitiveness and capacity. Significant within this category is our involvement with the EPSCoR and INBRE communities, where we have provided external review and guidance of programmatic activities in over 20 states since 1996. This work usually entails a visit to the institutions by a panel composed of experts from top research institutions around the country, who meet with all relevant stakeholders and, after the visit, the generation of a report delivered to the client.

RCP develops analyses that capture the outputs, outcomes, and impacts of science and technology (S&T) research programs and activities; identify existing and future opportunities; and recommend specific, actionable steps for improvement. By combining stakeholder interviews, surveys, site visits, and quantitative methods, such analyses assist program managers in understanding the broad return on their investments, identifying gaps in their portfolios, and strategically planning for the future.

Recent Activity
RCP Assesses Mississippi Program's Novel Public Health and Community Engagement Partnership
In March 2017, RCP conducted an assessment of the Mississippi IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (Mississippi INBRE) program, a five-year cycle-competitive $20 million NIH-funded program designed to enhance biomedical research capacity throughout the state. Read More.

AAAS Assesses New Catalysis Joint Research Center
At the request of the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM), AAAS mobilized an expert panel this past February for an on-site assessment of UPRM’s new Center for Sustainable Water, Energy, and Food Nexus (SusWEF), created jointly with the University of South Carolina. Read More.

Maine EPSCoR Assessment and Guidance
On March 12th, RCP completed an assessment of the University of Maine’s Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) - a statewide effort to develop a transdisciplinary understanding of how social-environmental systems (SES) interact with sustainable ecological aquaculture (SEA) in Maine’s coastal communities and ecosystems. 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