11/09/2021

Coronavirus Global R&I Collaboration Portal


The portal is a digital hub offering collaboration opportunities for researchers and research projects related to the socio-economic aspects of the Coronavirus pandemic. It provides the opportunity for networking and collaboration between projects, organisations and individual researchers worldwide.

Global Collaborations

Created in response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the portal’s overall aim is to provide networking and matchmaking opportunities. It connects researchers and their ideas and further increases the impact of their activities, contributing not only to the social science studies during the Coronavirus pandemic, but also to life and natural sciences.

The portal promotes the sharing of information: project objectives, activities, members, results and collaboration interests. It also gives visibility and networking opportunities to organisations and individuals active in the relevant research fields.

Most importantly, it is helping to identify cross-border needs and match them with opportunities of global collaboration with researchers, projects and organisations conducting social sciences, life and natural sciences-related research activities including experimental research, product development, funding, policymaking initiatives and fieldwork.

As an online matchmaking portal, it is designed as a comprehensive, user-friendly tool that offers customised search and filtering tools. It also creates synergies with other online platforms on the Coronavirus pandemic.

Effective collaborations

The Coronavirus Global R&I Collaboration Portal facilitates partnerships, collaborations and joint research activities between members. To ensure successful collaborations, the portal strives to nurture the characteristics that make collaborations successful, while making sure to minimise factors that put potential collaborations at risk.

Success factors:

  • Shared vision

  • Common language, goals and objectives

  • Good communication between the parties and mutual respect

  • Equal share of burdens and responsibilities

  • Meeting deadlines

Risk factors:

  • Limited funding may end collaborations prematurely

  • If participants have different interests, focus may soon be lost

  • Unequal power dynamics

  • Cultural differences or lack of shared ethical standards

  • Clinical protocols may differ between countries or regions, making certain approaches not applicable universally

  • The issue of trust has been highlighted as one of the key concerns when being approached by potential members with whom one has had no prior experience. A research on the other party’s academic credentials, past research work, affiliation to institutions and academic reputation is the norm in order to verify the credibility and trustworthiness of others.

Partnering tips:

  • Search through members, projects and active calls for collaboration to identify individuals or organisations you relate to.

  • Use the members' contact details to get in touch.

  • If you receive a connection request message, try to respond fast.

  • Build and verify trust as well as establish good communication going forward.

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