Research Competitiveness Program

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    news_20140416_microbiomes_full-flickr-uncoolbob.jpg The pipes carrying our drinking water also house microbes with great potential to impact public health. | Flickr/ uncoolbob Despite our love for hand sanitizer and antibacterial cleaning products, we humans spend our days immersed in microbes,...
  • Microbiomes of the Built Environment

    Visit the Symposium Event Page for Speaker Abstracts and Bios Welcome and Introduction Edward Derrick, Ph.D. , Chief Program Director, Center of Science, Policy, and Society Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Paula Olsiewski, Ph.D. , Program Director, Alfred P...
  • Our Team

    The program provides expert peer review and guidance to academia, industry, foundations, and government agencies engaged in scientific research, development and innovation in the US and around the world.

    */ Charles Dunlap Program Director 202-326-7047 Irene Aninye Senior Program Associate 202-326-6703 Martin Fernandez Program Associate 202-326-6474 Tim Kochanski Senior Program Associate 202-326-6605 Heather McInnis Associate Director 202-326-7044 Lance Miller Senior Program Associate 202-326-7058...
  • How to Engage Us

    The program provides expert peer review and guidance to academia, industry, foundations, and government agencies engaged in scientific research, development and innovation in the US and around the world.

    A project typically begins with a phone call or e-mail to discuss a concept or need with a senior member of the AAAS staff. After working with you to establish goals for the project and a statement of work, AAAS will identify potential experts for participation on your project. Subsequent to your...
  • 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting Science Policy Networking Mixer

    Join us to network with science policy thought leaders from government, academia, nonprofits and industry; to share ideas and resources on strategies for science to support effective policy; and to learn about activities of the AAAS Center of Science, Policy and Society Programs, including: Center...
  • Ariel Grostern, Ph.D.

    Ariel earned his PhD in 2009 from the University of Toronto, where he studied anaerobic bacteria that biodegrade groundwater pollutants as part of a program in Cell and System Biology. After serving as a post-doctoral researcher in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, Ariel joined...
  • Timothy Kochanski, M.S.

    As a Senior Program Associate in the Research Competitiveness Program, Tim works on a diverse portfolio of science and technology based development projects. These projects frequently involve managing peer-review processes for grant competitions and other research and development activities...
  • Rieko Yajima, Ph.D.

    Dr. Yajima is a project director with the AAAS Research Competitiveness Program (RCP). She recruits and directs panels of senior research and policy professionals providing universities and state governments technical assistance for improved research, development, and innovation strategies. Rieko...
  • Heather McInnis, Ph.D.

    Dr. Heather McInnis is the Associate Director of the AAAS Research Competitiveness Program (RCP). In this role, she provides strategic planning, fundraising, and operational leadership to support implementation of RCP’s four core programs: program assessment, peer review, innovation and...
  • Christine Burgess, Ph.D.

    Christine Burgess is a Senior Program Associate in the Research Competiveness Program (RCP) of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS). RCP assists universities, research consortia, government agencies, and other institutions strategically improve scientific capacity by...