STAC was launched in 2005 and sustained by legislative statute in 2006 to make innovation central to the state’s leadership agenda. STAC seeks to assist state leadership in developing programs and policies that:

Increase Research and Development

Increasing Rhode Island's research and development capacity is critical to future economic growth.


Encourage entrepreneurship through the transfer of new technologies and discoveries into the marketplace.


Innovation depends on an environment rich in talent, capital and ideas that can create new products for world markets.

Council Members

Council membership consists of leaders in academic, business and public sectors who work collaboratively to advance these important issues. Council members meet on a regular basis to review progress and develop new recommendations for enhancing research and development, supporting entrepreneurial activity, and increasing innovation in Rhode Island.

Past members include: 
(1) Michael J. Elliott, MBBS, PhD, FRACP
(2) Peter Snyder, PhD