RI Research Alliance
In 2006, STAC launched the RI Research Alliance to create a statewide platform to promote collaboration across the state's research organizations. Since its inception, the Alliance has awarded over $8 million in state funds through a competitive granting process with the goal of stimulating cutting-edge collaborative research projects across the State's research institutions. These grants advance projects that are collaborative across institutions, are well-positioned to receive follow-on federal or private venture funding, and that have significant commercialization potential.
These grants also bring greater connectivity to our existing collaborative research efforts. This includes the National Science Foundation's EPSCoR program and the National Institutes of Health IDEeA programs in the COBRE and INBRE networks, all of which are contingent upon collaboration. With its unique ecosystem, Rhode Island is positioned to leverage its small size and already well-developed relationships to bring together government, academia and industry in new, positive and creative ways. In addition to building research capacity in the state, a portion of these grants serve as the required cash match for the state's National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Support Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR) grant. Since 2006, these funds have leveraged $28 million in federal funds.