How do interactions between natural and anthropogenic stressors impact ecologically and commercially important organisms?
How can our understanding of biological and ecological complexity be advanced, incorporated within and improve coastal ecosystem models?
How does the environment affect humans and how can human behavior and responses be modified to improve coastal and economic sustainability?
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 $9 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.
Collaborative Research Grants support teams that are expanding RI’s research capacity and pioneering our future through new ideas, technologies and innovations.
The Collaborative Research Grant program provides funding to projects that focus on building research capacity across institutions and advancing the competitiveness of RI researchers to secure additional funding. Grants are also awarded to projects that contribute to current or future economic development of the state through technology development and commercialization or demonstrate strong translational components.
From 2007 through 2014, the program awarded approximately $9.8 million to 65 teams throughout Rhode Island. The funding has supported projects to design high-tech toys for children with cerebral palsy, study algae blooms, develop new nanotechnologies and improve the design of prosthetic limbs. To date, awardees have attracted nearly $36 million in follow-on funding from public and private sources with additional dividends expected.