Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

JUST LAUNCHED: Online COVID-19 "match-making" platform for researchers collaboration

March 26, 2020

Potentially another tool Canada could use to collaborate faster with EU researchers:

Earlier today, UK-based open innovation network Crowdhelix, in partnership with Brussels-based media company Science|Business, has launched a free online match-making service to help COVID-19 researchers find one another across the globe, check out funding opportunities, and get to work tackling the virus faster.

The service, at, is a simple online tool to help COVID-19 researchers connect, whatever their country or specialty. This new network is advised by Dr. Björn Kull, Head of Grants Office at Karolinska Institutet, the Stockholm medical university. It is also supported by leading Belgian university KU Leuven.

How it works:

With the Crowdhelix service, researchers can click through to a special COVID-19 section of its custom-built Open Innovation platform. There, they can profile themselves, their teams, and their organisations, and post opportunities to collaborate. An intelligent recommender system then matches these opportunities with the most suitable prospective collaborators, using natural language processing and machine-learning.