Growing from a handful of scientists in central North Carolina in 1959 to a staff of more than 3700 in more than 75 countries today, RTI is now one of the world’s leading independent, nonprofit research and development organizations.
Their activities both mirror and support national priorities and policies as well as diverse commercial, industrial, and academic endeavors. For instance, as public and government interest in environmental protection grew in the 1960s, so did related programs at RTI, building on our expertise in statistical, physical, and life sciences.
As their mission affirms, they are dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice through cutting-edge study and analysis in health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory and chemistry services.
They are proud of their scientific stature and our reputation for innovation. By continuing to conduct impartial, reliable, multidisciplinary research and by helping to develop and broker new technologies for our clients, they seek to be the world's preferred resource for turning knowledge into practice.
Their experts in international development are dedicated to improving the human condition in developing countries. With more than 200 international development staff members based around the world, they deliver advisory and training services at the national, sub-national, and local government levels, providing institutional development through the transfer of analytical tools and methods. They often work in multidisciplinary teams that cut across traditional sector boundaries.
Their clients include the United States Agency for International Development, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and several agencies of the United Nations, as well as foundations and other regional and international organizations.
An independent, nonprofit organization, RTI engages in research and development with the goal of improving the human condition. We work with clients in government, industry, academia, and public service throughout the United States and abroad.
Representing a diverse set of technical and scientific capabilities, our staff pursue comprehensive, multidisciplinary research activities in the following major areas of study:
Innovative services that encompass public health policy, economics, outcomes, behaviors, epidemiology, genetics, and infectious diseases
Drug Discovery and Development
All facets of drug discovery and development, from synthesis and design to toxicology and metabolic analysis to comprehensive clinical trial and drug assessment services
Education and Training Research
Education program studies and evaluations in the U.S. and other countries as well as innovative education and training solutions
Survey Research and Services
Comprehensive survey services, including instrument design and development, data collection, and data management
All facets of quantitative and qualitative statistical analysis
Public health, education, governance and management, urban development, environmental resource management, and public finance and economic growth assistance for developing and democratizing countries
Economic and Social Research
Research that examines technology, agriculture, judicial, and other social and economic policies in the U.S. to inform political discourse and influence decision makers
Advanced Technology Research and Development
Development and engineering of innovative technologies for practical application; intellectual asset management services for the global market
Research and development of technologies for the production and use of clean fuels
Environmental Research Services
Environmental standards research, development, and evaluation as well as scientific, technical, and policy analysis of environmental issues
Laboratory and Chemistry Services
Laboratory-based research and services in analytical chemistry, forensic science, environmental toxicology, testing and analysis, quality standards, and lab certification
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