Strategic Science Team
The LRI Strategic Science Team (SST), which includes both senior scientists and science managers from ACC member companies as well as scientific experts from academia and governmental agencies, is responsible for managing the LRI and for implementing the research strategy. The SST reports to the ACC Board of Directors, which ensures coordination of the LRI’s activities with other high priority issues across ACC.
The SST formulates the LRI Research Strategy with input from other ACC teams so that it reflects the overall objectives of ACC and its member companies. An important driver for the research strategy is to design a research program that can fill critical knowledge gaps by complementing areas of scientific investigation not addressed by other ongoing research programs. To that end, the LRI promotes partnerships with governmental and non-governmental agencies that can optimize the use of scientific resources towards mutual research goals.
Requests For Proposals
Requests For Proposals (RFPs) developed by the SST are designed to address the objectives outlined in the LRI Research Strategy and to attract interest from interdisciplinary investigator groups, including those from academia, private corporations, research institutions and governmental agencies. Teams of scientific experts inside and outside the chemistry industry contribute to the development of the RFPs and then ensure their wide dissemination.
Proposal Selection Process
Proposals submitted in response to the RFPs are selected for funding based on a competitive process modeled after that used by the National Institutes of Health. Proposals first undergo an independent peer review by experts outside the chemistry industry; only those proposals determined to have substantial scientific merit are selected for final review for relevance by experts within the chemistry industry. This selection process ensures that the funded proposals have outstanding technical quality and meet the objectives of the LRI research strategy.
About Funded Research
LRI-funded investigators are responsible for all aspects of the design and management of their studies. LRI strongly encourages its investigators to publish the results of their research in peer-reviewed journals so that this information is open and available to all. In the event that the results are not published, reports from the study will be publicly available. LRI research contracts specifically state that the LRI has no approval authority concerning publications and presentations. LRI researchers own their data and determine when and what will be communicated and published.
Each RFP program is developed with an impact delivery component designed to accelerate the use of the research findings. The goal is to widely communicate information about LRI-funded research, generate discussion about the findings, and assess appropriate next steps for the research. One example is LRI-sponsored workshops that explore new areas of research or that focus on a body of research and consider its relevance to decision-making. Another example is investigator presentation of their results at high-quality scientific conferences.