New online tools to increase NDSU collaboration with researchers, businesses

New online tools to increase NDSU collaboration with researchers, businesses



North Dakota State University has equipment and experts that can benefit the business and science communities, and two online databases will make it easier for those groups to form collaborative relationships with the university.


The NDSU Research and Technology Park and the NDSU Office of Research and Creative Activity recently used a grant to launch comprehensive online databases. One database focuses on equipment; the other database highlights NDSU researchers and their areas of expertise.


The databases give local and regional businesses a cost-effective alternative to buying expensive specialized equipment for production and research. Scientists from around the world also get an easy way to begin scientific collaborations with others in their field who could help move their projects to the next level.


For NDSU, the databases provide an opportunity to fulfill its land-grant mission by sharing knowledge and expertise with businesses and the community through modern technology.


“The development and implementation of these easily searchable databases will provide greater access to potential scientific and industrial/business partners in a time when increased collaborative efforts will allow NDSU to meet the needs of its citizens and develop outcome-based solutions for some of the world’s greatest grand challenges,” said Kelly Rusch, vice president of the Office of Research and Creative Activity.


NDSU Research Toolbox


This website lists a large number of NDSU’s research equipment.

The database is searchable by:

·        Classification of the item.

·        NDSU college or department that houses the equipment.

·        The person in charge of the equipment.

·        Keyword.

Contact information and photos of the equipment are provided.

For businesses, particularly those located in North Dakota, it’s an easy way to find and use NDSU resources. Scientists in the North Dakota University System also can locate needed equipment not available on their campuses.


NDSU Search for Scholars


This is a database of more than 1,300 NDSU researchers and experts. Businesses can find consulting expertise, and NDUS scientists can locate research collaborators. Searches can be made by researcher name, department and research subject.


Each researcher’s page includes their expertise, affiliations, education history, publications and awarded grants.


“The launch of this database will create opportunities for regional businesses to pursue new research and development,” said Chuck Hoge, executive director of the NDSU Research and Technology Park. “We are thrilled to facilitate collaboration between NDSU and the community it serves by making expertise and equipment easier to access.”


The project is supported through a University Center program grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.



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