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UEDA Summit 2013 - Awards of Excellence - Leadership & Collaboration - Research, Engagement, and Capabilities Hub of North Carolina (REACH)
 

UEDA Summit 2013 - Awards of Excellence - Leadership & Collaboration - Research, Engagement, and Capabilities Hub of North Carolina (REACH)

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REACH NC is a publicly accessible and searchable web-based portal that uses advanced technologies to enable quicker and easier location of faculty experts in North Carolina. The uniqueness of REACH NC ...

REACH NC is a publicly accessible and searchable web-based portal that uses advanced technologies to enable quicker and easier location of faculty experts in North Carolina. The uniqueness of REACH NC lies in the partnership of public and private universities and research institutes to make the portal and REACH NC brand and mission a truly statewide effort. New features under development will allow users to search for core laboratories, equipment, and other assets. Unlike other similar portals, REACH NC includes experts not only from the biomedical sciences but from a broad range of disciplines including social science, education, and business. The initiative was launched by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University with support from University of North Carolina General Administration, and has since been expanded to include 13 other North Carolina public universities, Duke, and RTI International. REACH NC now contains over 8,300 expert profiles representing these 17 institutions. REACH NC aims to act as a ‘one stop portal’ to enable quicker and more effective location of experts for collaborative opportunities for internal and external partners. Private companies, economic development agencies, and university faculty and staff have utilized REACH NC to find partners for collaboration on research projects and proposals, obtain technical assistance or consulting, showcase statewide expertise for economic development, and find speakers, reviewers, and mentors.

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  • REACH NC is a statewide project that allows North Carolina to tap into its own vast pool of experts and resources. <br /> Until REACH NC, researchers, administrators, business leaders, and others trying to find experts and assets or to assess the state’s expertise and capabilities in a field had to depend on their own social networks or pore through multiple online systems. <br />
  • REACH NC – Research, Engagement and Capabilities Hub of NC <br /> Key goals are to: Increase transparency and visibility of research expertise across NC. Enable more effective location of university experts for collaborative opportunities.  <br /> Four of these institutions are current UEDA members: NC State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, and East Carolina University. <br />
  • Who identified need for problem: was initially formed by UNC Chapel Hill and NC State Universities recognizing need to make it easier to access university expertise . A REACH NC pilot was created in 2010 representing expertise at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University. Interest in the pilot initiative and its potential attracted the funding needed to expand the portal. Rec’d seed funding from RENCI, TRACS, UNC System and Duke, along w creative input from UNC VCR office. Initial REACH profiles from NCSU & UNC Chapel Hill launched in May 2011 <br /> How organizations became involved: Financial support from economic development agencies was particularly notable and directly responsible for the ability to pursue portal build-out throughout 2011. Additional funding has been received from UNC General Administration, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, TUCASI/ Research Triangle Foundation, and the Golden LEAF Foundation. Profiles from remaining 13 UNC System schools launched in Jan 2012. Duke U and RTI Pilot profiles launched Jun 2012. NCSSM and UNC GA profiles added Aug 2013. <br /> Support/ publicity for program also gathered from economic development agencies such as the NC Dept of Commerce and Industrial Extension Services. <br /> What is unique/ original? Uniqueness lies in the partnership of a large number of institutions coming together to launch this ambitious and technologically complex project . <br />
  • uniqueness of REACH NC lies in the partnership of a large number of institutions coming together to launch this ambitious and technologically complex project – including public universities, a private university, and a nonprofit research institute. NC State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke University provided the initial impetus for a statewide implementation of a commercial software program that was typically used for a single institution and a narrow range of research. With the added leadership of the University of North Carolina System and support of economic development organizations, an additional 14 public universities statewide were able to join REACH to create the largest known such multi-institutional database. REACH NC is a true example of how university-based leadership can encourage statewide collaboration among many different partners. <br />
  • REACH NC will continue to play an important role in establishing and growing relationships between university research expertise and industry and non-academic partners. The key to scalability across campuses was achieving early buy-in from university administrators and other personnel responsible for economic development and outreach at the respective campuses. In terms of replicability, REACH NC and University of North Carolina System personnel have had ongoing conversations with at least four states which are planning to implement a similar statewide expert profiling system. <br />   <br /> We continue seeking publicly-available, automated sources of information for profiles. We are also continuously developing ways to improve and automate routine updates such as personnel listings. REACH NC relies on a team of campus liaisons to gather personnel updates and to engage faculty members and university administrators to ensure that the information that is presented is up-to-date and accurate. <br />   <br /> The REACH NC Executive Council has been formed to address financial sustainability and to secure long-term funding for the project. The Council consists of representatives from the three initial partners (NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University), the UNC System, and economic development organizations including Research Triangle Park, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and the North Carolina Department of Commerce. The Council has met twice in the past year to review REACH NC’s budget and begin to formulate a plan for financial sustainability of the project. <br />   <br /> The REACH NC brand is growing to incorporate additional services such as the equipment and facility finder and a proposed internship matching portal. The equipment and facility finder is in development and targeted for rollout in early 2014. This diversification of services, along with continued growth and utility of the expert profiles, will help ensure long-term sustainability of REACH NC as a portal to access university expertise, resources, and services. <br />
  • REACH serves different purposes for different audiences .. <br />
  • Here are several ways that REACH NC has proven useful to our internal users <br /> (e.g How many UNC system experts collaborate with institutions in Germany? How many research in the field of pandemics?) <br />
  • Tell story about breast cancer research – Komen foundation found an expert to help implement breast health awareness curriculum among beauticians in Southeast Virginia. <br />
  • Leave this up as a final slide. <br />

UEDA Summit 2013 - Awards of Excellence - Leadership & Collaboration - Research, Engagement, and Capabilities Hub of North Carolina (REACH) UEDA Summit 2013 - Awards of Excellence - Leadership & Collaboration - Research, Engagement, and Capabilities Hub of North Carolina (REACH) Presentation Transcript

  • www.reachnc.org @reachnchub 1
  • How do you find and connect to an expert within North Carolina? 2
  • The Solution: REACH NC •A searchable statewide portal that allows North Carolina to tap into its vast pool of experts and resources. •Allows those inside and outside academia to access researcher expertise and assets easily. •Makes visible over 8,900 researcher profiles from 19 North Carolina higher education and research institutions. 3
  • A partnership of universities, non-profits & economic development agencies 4
  • REACH NC: a study in collaboration • First and largest such statewide implementation to include experts from many different research fields. • The REACH NC portal is growing to include tools such as a statewide facility and resource finder. • More than 208,000 unique visitors to website over the past year. 5
  • Scalability •Since launch of initial profiles from NCSU and UNC Chapel Hill, initiative has been scaled to include 17 additional institutions. •Had conversations with several other states who are interested in implementation of research networking portals. Sustainability: •Creation and maintenance of experts profiles easy, largely automated. •Diversification of services and increased usage will continue to increase value of the portal. •Operations Council to advise on technical sustainability. •Executive Council to address long-term sustainability. 6
  • Benefits and impacts to four main audiences of REACH NC internal external 7
  • Internal • Help researchers identify new collaborators outside their existing networks. • Reduce time and effort to aggregate information for reports. • Identify faculty to form new teams to apply for internally- and externally-funded awards. • Identify subject matter experts to speak at events, serve as mentors, and sit on review panels. “Working with Army special ops experts and Army Research Office to understand technical challenges at hand, I used REACH to find experts within UNC who could help solve the problem.” – Kathie Sidner, Defense Applications Engineer, UNC System 8
  • External • Identify collaborators and consultants for external partners. • Access expert reviewers, speakers, and advisors. • Highlight NC’s expertise and capacity for economic development purposes. • Answer public inquiries about publications and research. “REACH NC was crucial to find experts to consult on two economic development projects: one for a landfill gas to renewable energy project, and one for a tire recycling company relocating to this state.” – Tom White, Director of Economic Development, NC State University. 9
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