Whether you have an idea that isn’t funded yet, or are working on an existing project that needs input from a new angle, post a collab call and reach out to potential new collaborators.
By posting a collaboration call, you’re asking people with specific skills to get in touch to discuss the potential for collaboration. There are no obligations, there are no definitions of how to collaborate – it’s just a way to start a conversation.
What to put in your Collaboration Call
The fields in the form are not all required, but here are some pointers on how to get your call out there:
How your collaboration call will be displayed in the search results
Collaboration project title
You could enter your project title here, or just say who you are seeking. This is the text from which people will be able to search for your opportunity.
This field helps people find opportunities near them…
Specify whether you are looking for an academic, a clinician, or someone in industry – or a selection of the three.
If you’re being vague about the project details, it’d be a good idea to give as much info as you can on who you’re looking for – the tech skills, research knowledge, links to a specific industry…
You may not have a deadline on when to find a collaborator by, but you’ll need to put in a date to make sure the list stays up-to-date. Each collaboration call will disappear from the list after the closing date has passed.
Are there any individuals or organisations already involved in the collaboration? If not, just leave it blank.
Same as above – if it’s not funded, just leave it blank.
Point people towards a website with more details on the collaboration (if there is one).
These will also show on the search results. Be as specific or as vague as you like about the project details, but if intellectual property comes into it, don’t forget to work out a non-disclosure agreement before you disclose the juicy information.
Browse the keywords that relate to your opportunity – this will help others find it when searching. We know our keyword selection tool isn’t the best, but we’re working to improve this.
Finding collaborators can be tricky, but the more you post to the website, the more chance others will have to see if your work and research interests align with theirs.