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Connecting research and economic 
development 
David Knowles, UNC Chapel Hill 
on behalf of 
Dr. Sharlini Sankaran, Execut...
How do you find and connect to 
an expert within North Carolina? 
“For years, the cycle from the call to the 
connection t...
3 
The Solution: REACH NC 
• A searchable statewide portal that allows 
North Carolina to tap into its vast pool of 
exper...
REACH NC: experts at your fingertips 
• Over 10,200 research experts representing 19 NC 
institutions – largest, most comp...
A partnership of universities, non-profits 
& economic development agencies 
5
www.reachnc.org
7 
Drill down for details 
on expert activity in 
several categories. 
Search by concept 
or name, or insert 
paragraphs f...
See descriptions, 
locations, and 
contact info. 
8 
2. REACH NC Resource Finder 
Search by 
one or more 
institutions 
• ...
A useful resource for NC’s 
Economic development community 
9 
REACH NC short video
A few accomplishments: 
• 2013 University Economic Developers 
Association (UEDA) national Award of 
Excellence in Leaders...
How can we help you? 
11 
Sharlini Sankaran, Executive Director 
919.445.9634 
sharlini@reachnc.org 
Monica Schledorn, Pro...
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Expertise and Resource Portals for University-Industry Engagement - David Knowles/Sharlini Sankaran

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University systems, state governments, and economic development organizations are developing new expertise and resource portals to foster university-industry engagement. These portals expose subject matter experts conducting research and university resources like core facilities willing to engage with industry, making experts and resources discoverable by search and easier to connect with.

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Expertise and Resource Portals for University-Industry Engagement - David Knowles/Sharlini Sankaran

  1. 1. Connecting research and economic development David Knowles, UNC Chapel Hill on behalf of Dr. Sharlini Sankaran, Executive Director sharlini@reachnc.org; (919) 445-9634 www.reachnc.org @reachnchub 1
  2. 2. How do you find and connect to an expert within North Carolina? “For years, the cycle from the call to the connection took a number of phone calls to deans, department chairs, professors and administration to ascertain the best match for the inquirer. These calls could span over several days to find the right expert…” 2 - Ruthann Cage, Economic Developer, East Carolina University
  3. 3. 3 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 more than 10,000 researcher profiles from 19 North Carolina higher education and research institutions. KEY GOALS • Increase transparency and visibility of research expertise across North Carolina. • Enable more efficient and effective location of experts for collaborative opportunities.
  4. 4. REACH NC: experts at your fingertips • Over 10,200 research experts representing 19 NC institutions – largest, most comprehensive such tool. • Over 1,600 assets and resources and growing.
  5. 5. A partnership of universities, non-profits & economic development agencies 5
  6. 6. www.reachnc.org
  7. 7. 7 Drill down for details on expert activity in several categories. Search by concept or name, or insert paragraphs from other sources to find relevant experts (Full Text search). See visualizations of expert’s research trends over time and network of collaborators. 1. Experts search - Typical Expert Profile Page
  8. 8. See descriptions, locations, and contact info. 8 2. REACH NC Resource Finder Search by one or more institutions • Launched June 24, 2014; first searchable statewide resource finder of its kind. • Contains over 1,600 assets from six participating institutions: UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, ECU, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, NC A&T. • More institutions in process of joining in coming months.
  9. 9. A useful resource for NC’s Economic development community 9 REACH NC short video
  10. 10. A few accomplishments: • 2013 University Economic Developers Association (UEDA) national Award of Excellence in Leadership & Collaboration. • Provided key data, assistance, and resources in several large grants including UNC’s successful $54.6 million NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). 10 • Successfully matched experts to several economic development projects – including biotechnology, healthcare, military/ defense, engineering, and energy projects. • Provided information on expertise and resources for several economic development recruitment efforts.
  11. 11. How can we help you? 11 Sharlini Sankaran, Executive Director 919.445.9634 sharlini@reachnc.org Monica Schledorn, Program Coordinator 919.445.0478 mrschled@reachnc.org @reachnchub www.reachnc.org

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