The Scientific Affairs Committee's primary role is to review proposals and to recommend the awarding of grants to challenging and industry relevant research project proposals. It also identifies areas of research interest, oversees the research cycle where the requests for proposals are issued, evaluates the proposals, selects the best that addresses the topic areas, evaluates them with the Academic Principal Investigators (PI) and makes its recommendations for the awards to the INDUNIV Board of Directors for their final approval.
The Committee is composed of scientists and technical personnel from the industry sectior as well as investigators from academia. The industry members volunteer to either be a direct advisor to the academic PI (in the proposal preparation) or become one of the members of the Quality Support Team that oversees the progress and direction of the awarded research project. At present, the SAC is chaired by Dr. Carlos A. Tollinche, INDUNIV's Director of Scientific Affairs.
The Grants Program focuses on results-oriented research by multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary teams, which that address specific needs of previously identified by industry. Since 1989, when the first research grants were awarded, INDUNIV has funded over 60 research projects through awards totaling over $2.8 million. The current pool for grants consists of an annual amount $100,000 and company members can add more money to the pool or individually assign an amount of money to a particular project of their choice. Under the annual INDUNIV grant program, the awards are generally in the range of $15,000 to $77,000 annually. Some grants are multi-annual but are renewed on an annual basis requiring to compete with the new projects.