Using An App To Find Research Collaborators

This is the most exciting one! Joking… Some find research collaboration more exciting than sales, but as we are all researchers the final goal of each of us including those who produce products and those who consume them is research data generated. That’s why probably you will all agree that research purposes are the most exciting!

So what will be inside today? Below we will talk about how to find your ideal collaborators, new partners, slice their research and gain insights into various fields. All in a matter of one article as a glimpse of what you can do or what would you be interested to do in case if you still haven’t defined what do you search for. 

So how do you search for your ideal partners? The key was here “ideal” or if no ideal is searched, just any partner that looks like a good option. In any case, given our dedication to show you all academic life science labs in Europe, you have plenty of them to choose from. And what it gives you or how beneficial it is to the current options? First of all, you can find all labs centrally in one place with no need to do a double or a triple work, by checking public profiles, digging into literature, looking up websites, without a need to mention that first one has to find that website… So this is a lot of work and automation of these processes can significantly streamline your day-to-day operations when working with academic segment. 

Starting from a very top level, one has to set the goals first what does one want to achieve and what should be the outcome. The topic is the most fun to search, however keep in mind what is your final outcome you aim for – whether it is a new research contract, a strategic partnership or just one more member on a grant proposal. In any case, finding new people is exciting and similar to HR or dating but in a science context. Call it science dating. We love science so will be familiar with it.

Once you set your goals and understood what do you want to pursue, you can start digging into topics, places, institutions making parallels and setting standards what is good for you and what is in front and how it compares to that what you search. 

So as was already pointed above you can start either with topic or with your standards and thresholds what is acceptable for you. Starting with topic is good to have an overview of labs that have it in common, read more about their research or check the website content. In any case, this is very brief and insightful enough to check and change between topics to see how it works and what do we have available in terms of research in Europe. And overview of available research is always the most interesting if you want to read it as a book or as an article just to draw a metaphor here. This is interesting both from research and from the grant body perspective to see what labs are available and how their topics differ concentration wise across locations. We believe that even the most experienced scientists will be surprised by multiple information points that one can newly derive from this application. No doubt, for research and collaboration purpose having an overview of research in labs is insightful. If we have dating portals, why shouldn’t we have science dating at the end, right?

So what else can you do if you really have something in mind and want to go targeted? In this case the topic search of labs and literature is to your convenience. Here you can identify those labs that were found with papers for the specified topics. But what alone does it show you? Having literature of course is nice however one has to select a handful of labs to collaborate with or not, depends what you pursue. One may need to take all available labs in the specified topics or only top 10 selections. The first case we will omit for now as it is clear there, the second option we will expand. 

Whenever you are looking for a collaboration lab which can do specific experiments for you or is open to share its expertise, the shotgun approach may not be a good one. And it is not a good one for any purpose, research including. With this application one can find very fast and very targeted research laboratories in academia as entities, those which are live and exist at those institutions since we keep only alive labs. The big advantage is that you can slice and dice the research outputs of those labs to better understand the history of each lab and how it can fit in the context of a bigger picture and your target partner you ideally are looking for. With a number of metrics and live ability to check to context one can easily find a subset to focus on and identify top candidates.

As in any dating, whether scientific or real, one has to verify the desktop research and check whether the selected targets are indeed interested same in you as you in them or whether one needs an adjustment. Since it not always works as assumed the application serves a really good purpose to re-adjust your hypothesis and find the other subset that would fill your needs. 

The whole advantage and the whole idea is that you are free to iterate, and having all labs in front of the eyes allows to adjust fast and stay agile. While for sales it may be of less interest if one targets the segment where every lab would fit, for collaboration this is always more thought required how to do it tactically, with whom, for how long, and who else may appear in the near future. That being sad, one can certainly study the market dynamics and the current market performance to better understand the current research landscape or alternatively one can use this information to generate own conclusions about what directions to setup for yourself personally. 

In summary, the application serves a good purpose of finding the collaboration partners or studying the scientific landscape in specified regions. The good advantage is that nobody is suppose to hurry with subscriptions to find your ideal candidates or take it at the moment of need restricting oneself from the bigger picture and having more time to digest the information steadily. Last but maybe more important one can see the trends what topics become more and more popular and where the funds into academic space are allocated to pursue what type of studies and in what locations. 


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