Loughborough University has launched a new platform that allows academics to share research ideas with scientists around the world, enabling greater collaboration and ensuring that no ideas are wasted.
The Catalog of Research Ideas – Knowledge and Impact (RIC-KI) was created by the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and initially focused on research ideas related to physical activity and health, weight management and eating behaviors, health and well-being and sport.
It presents a collection of the âbestâ research questions in these areas that academics wish to share with the global scientific community as potential collaborative research projects. The owners of the “ideas” list their suggestions and how they want to collaborate, with potential research partners, then filling out an online expression of interest form. The RIC-KI platform then connects the two parties.
RIC-KI is the brainchild of Professor Amanda Daley, a global expert in behavioral medicine, professor at the National Institute for Health Research and Director of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine and Behavior (CLiMB) in Loughborough.
She came up with the idea by struggling to realize all the research ideas she had. Not wanting them to be wasted, she decided to see if a system could be developed to connect scientists interested in collaborating.
âOne of the most effective ways to advance science is to do it collectively, working together and sharing research ideas,â says Professor Daley. âAs a busy scholar, I know from experience that it is impossible to pursue all your research ideas. Through RIC-KI, I hope we can prevent the wastage of high quality ideas and help health researchers be more connected.
âRIC-KI focuses on a willingness to openly share research ideas and collaborate with like-minded scientists. Ultimately, this will lead to more mutually beneficial global partnerships, allowing research to go further and faster. “
Professor Lucy Chappell, Chief Science Officer of the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC) and Executive Director of the National Institute for Health Research said: as RIC-KI being launched.
âWhen people are connected to research, much more can be done, which can have significant benefits for the health and well-being of the population. It is more important than ever for health and social service researchers to work collaboratively, both across geographic and disciplinary boundaries, to address the ever-changing challenges for patients and the public. There are special opportunities here for all researchers, including those at the start of their careers, to go beyond the usual working methods to achieve greater impact.
Although RIC-KI currently focuses on health and sports, the team hopes that this will be extended to all areas of research in the future. To learn more and subscribe to RIC-KI click here.
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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links to industry and unparalleled achievements in sport and its underlying academic disciplines. .
It has been awarded five stars in the independent university rating system QS Stars, named the world’s best university for sports-related subjects in the QS 2021 World University Rankings and University of the Year for Sport by The Times and The Sunday Times. University Guide 2022.
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