About Us

The Research & Development Council of New Jersey is dedicated to cultivating an environment that supports the advancement of research and development in New Jersey. The Council’s membership includes representatives from academia, government and industry. Currently chaired by Vice Chancellor for Research at Rutgers University, Dr. Kathleen Scotto, the Council’s accomplishments include: recognizing the most innovative patents in New Jersey through the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Awards, raising the funds for the design and construction of the Liberty Science Center, and annually awarding dozens of scholarships to students pursuing an education in STEM related fields.

The R&D Council provides a wide array of member benefits, among them:

  • Recognize the achievements in science, research and development, and STEM education within the state of New Jersey.
  • Facilitate a number of forums for the exchange of information among members including the allocation of resources and management for research and technical activities.
  • Analyze New Jersey legislative, regulatory, and administrative proposals or issues that affect the R&D community and take appropriate actions to assure support of the R&D function.
  • Provide an on-going means of learning, sharing and networking among the tech community to encourage economic growth for both large and small organizations.
  • Establish and maintain an active stance on matters dealing with economic and political changes that affect the R&D function on a statewide and national basis.
  • Provide a channel through which R&D Council members can promote the enhancement of educational opportunities and facilities.
  • On-going communications with the membership on activities of the R&D Council.