Sharpening Your Focus: It’s a Match! Finding Research Collaborators

June 3, 2019
icon of magnifying glass with puzzle pieceDid you know that it was reported by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that 90% of all science and engineering publications are co-authored? Establishing meaningful collaborations is critical to achieving long-term research success. Whether you wish to establish collaborations across campus or across the globe, there are resources available to you both within the U-M Medical School and externally to help you identify that next collaborator.

To identify a suitable collaborator, it is helpful to have information about publications, research interests, grant topics, and patents, when available. There are some tools available that can help you identify this information. These tools include:

Michigan Research Experts: a searchable database of more than 4,800 faculty members across U-M developed by the Medical School Office of Research. Using this tool, you can view publication networks across campus, grant history, as well as indicators of public and social engagement.

Pivot Profiles: a database available through the U-M Library that allows you to limit your search to U-M, or beyond. Your search results will include a profile for each individual returned in your search as well as their publication and grant history.

Matchmaker: a tool offered by the National Institutes of Health that you can use to identify funded principal investigators of projects that have a similar research focus.

Using a tool to identify collaborators can put you on the path to a fruitful collaboration.


Sharpening Your Focus: Tips on Grant Proposal Preparation is a series of tips published in Medical School Research News about proposal preparation. This article was written by MaryJo Banasik, J.D., Ph.D., Research Development Specialist, you can view the full archive of articles here.