Research Competitiveness Program

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  • 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 Project 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.

    Heather McInnis is a Project Director with the AAAS Research Competitiveness Program (RCP). In this role, she mobilizes scientific expertise and develops cross-sector partnerships to improve the science and technology research, innovation, commercialization, and capacity-building practices of...
  • 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...
  • Benjamin Somers

    Ben Somers is a Senior Program Operations Coordinator in the Research Competitiveness Program. As a program operations coordinator, Ben supports RCP through a variety of activities, including the management of international and domestic grant proposal programs for academia and the federal...
  • Annette Olson, Ph.D.

    Dr. Annette Olson is a Project Director in the Research Competiveness Program. Her responsibilities include helping universities, research consortia, government organizations, and others strategize about research development programs, as well as managing the design and execution of proposal review...