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Avid readers of the RSA’s blogs may recall that a few months ago we asked for people’s views on a new student research matchmaking initiative that we'd begun to support. We’ve made some progress since then and are now looking for companies that would be interested in taking part in a pilot of the beta website that will shortly be finished.

The gist of the research matchmaking initiative is as follows: to establish a website that can connect and help forge research partnerships between students with extra research capacity and organisations that would benefit from some assistance. Organisations would upload ‘briefs’ to the website detailing their requirements and researchers would search through this continuously changing list for projects that align with their interests, timescales and skill sets. Students benefit from the chance to work on real-life projects and potentially secure funding for their work, while organisations gain from having the opportunity to improve their operations and evaluate their impact through affordable, high quality research.

Examples of research partnerships might include a social care provider commissioning somebody to assess and suggest improvements to the quality of their care homes, or a manufacturing company recruiting a knowledgeable student to explore how they could enhance their production processes.

The beta website, Eulergy, is being developed by a group of young social innovators and web developers external to, but supported by, the RSA. Having nearly completed the beta version of the website, they are now looking for companies who are willing to take part in a trial run. Specifically, we want to hear from fashion, graphic and product design companies who would be interested in submitting a research brief that participant students could work on.

If that sounds appealing to anybody, please get in touch with me at benedict.dellot@rsa.org.uk.

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