So…you would like to move your research in new directions and you know it will require identifying new collaborators. Colleagues and mentors are supportive, but the expertise you are seeking falls in unfamiliar territory. You have already tapped into established research networks and still have not found the right fit. To find the right collaborative research partner, you know you need to branch out. But where do you start? This section of the Collaborator’s Toolbox introduces several tools that can help you identify collaborators within the Penn State system and beyond.
Profiles can be a powerful tool for identifying potential research collaborators at Penn State. Developed by Harvard University, Profiles is a searchable electronic library of faculty CV’s that automatically populates an investigator’s profile with publication history from PubMed. Investigators can customize their individual profile to highlight major accomplishments and areas of expertise.
SciVal Funding® is an Elsevier product – a database that provides comprehensive coverage of more than 9,000 funding sponsors, 7 million author profiles, and 5 million award records (from 2004 to date). Using SciVal Funding®, you can review a sponsor’s award history and uncover details of investigators who have successfully secured funding from the same sponsor. All Penn State IP addresses have access to SciVal Funding via www.funding.scival.com.
The NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT) is a publicly accessible website that provides a central point of access for reports, data, and analyses of federally-funded research from the NIH and several other federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The RePORT tool includes both active and expired award data from 1991 to the present. In RePORT, users can conduct simple keyword searches or narrow a search by defining various inputs, including institution, department, investigator, funding mechanism, and award size.