We released our first 3K science and research jobs today, 10K more coming soon

October 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

We recently released our first 3K jobs along with our platform for reaching out to academics and researchers. Here’s how it works. First, you describe the opportunity. Then you tell us  the kinds of people you’re looking for by area e.g. cardiology, oncology, genetics or trisomy. We notify the relevant iAMscientist members about the job opportunity via our internal messaging system. You get a nice interface to manage the posting, accept applications and reach out to the applicant all on one convenient platform. We’re very excited about the new application and hope that along with the RFA platform it can really help organizations get in touch with the relevant researcher and move their research programs forward.


Our unique matching system allows organizations to find the right researcher and have those researchers share the opportunity with their colleagues.

Hiring the best researchers can help Universities increase research funding

October 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

In a recently posted article the University of Minneapolis paper outlines how the University, through recruiting top talent and setting up collaborations between researchers was able to consistently increase funding. This has yielded significant returns on where the standing of University of Minneapolis has moved up significantly in rankings to number 10 and has increased the research budget to over 700M dollars. This, once again points to the importance of providing the necessary tools for the faculty to apply for funding, form inter-disciplinary collaborative groups and extend the reach of the projects beyond basic research into translational medicine. Increasing the Research funding translates directly into high-paying jobs and innovation both for the public and the private sectors around the university.

We released our database of 30K funding opportunities

October 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

We collected around 30 thousand grants and funding opportunities and released them to our members. Members of iAMscientist can view and search the whole list at http://www.iamscientist.com/rfas. The grants include money for research from non-profits, medical research foundations and governmental institutions. Overall, the amount of research funding available exceeds 60 billion dollars. We worked hard to include funding across all research and scientific disciplines. No matter where you are in your research career, whether you’re looking for a fellowship or a transition grant to start research in a new field, you will be able to find something in our database.  If you find something that interests you, but isn’t exactly the right fit, you can share the listing with a co-author. We hope that this tool allows more people to find out about more funding opportunities and create a positive feedback loop where a larger number of organizations will engage the world’s smartest people to solve some of the most difficult challenges.

Advantages of open science

October 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

I recently found this youtube video extolling the benefits of open science.Clearly, the open science movement is becoming more important as the amount of information grows. The value that editorial services and journals provide are primarily in the distribution of content. However, the goal can also be achieved through modern means of communication. Validation of the work can be accomplished through integrated peer review, rather than through a blind review process. Finally, the fruits of that labor can be spread throughout and shared between more people. The key to making open science work, in our view is the integration of the funding of science with the will to change existing practices. If the funders insist of opening up research, the researchers will comply and find a way to make it work.

Economists win Nobel prize for explaining the importance of job matching

October 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Today’s  Nobel prize in economics is given to three researchers for work that explains the intricacies of complex markets where the buyer and the seller are not trading commodities and the value of the same “product” can be worth zero to one buyer and significant investment to another. This is exactly the market of jobs (labor) in the high-tech and science fields. It is also the market for patents and knowledge, grants and other highly differentiated products. The three economists point out that this is essentially a “search” and matching problem and that efficiencies in this marketplace can be achieved through improved matching algorithms. We completely agree, and that is the basis for why we created iAMscientist opportunities. We believe that the scientific knowledge “marketplace” needs improved matching algorithms to improve the value to both the developer of the knowledge and its consumer.

You can read more about the Nobel Prize in economics here: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economics/laureates/2010/

Balancing writing papers and applying for grants

October 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

The majority of junior and senior faculty have to balance writing papers which is the measuring stick used to promote with applying for grants which is necessary to sustain continued research in the lab. This is a very hard balance to strike. As we wrote in the preivious post, almost half the time is spent writing grants and applying for research funding. How can this process be improved?

A lot of the time writing for grants is being wasted on proposals that are not right for the group, or not appropriate for that particular PI. The majority of the labs apply to NIH funding. While NIH funding provides the largest source of research money, it is becoming increasingly more competitive. At the same time a lot of medical research foundations are trying to find the right investigators to partner with them on building the next generation of transformative medicines.

We believe the key to solving this problem is in finding a way to match the right investigator with the organization that is interested in funding that investigator’s research. The diversity of ideas and needs requires an efficient exchange that can significantly reduce the amount of time being spent on wirting grants.

Half the time is spent on looking for and applying for grants

October 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

With more than half the time being spent on finding grants to fund basic research and development in academia, PIs are under increasing pressure to balance their work in the lab with demands to find money and get resources to run their labs. However, increasingly the funds come from private companies and non-profit medical foundations. A recent article by Stanford university outlines the extra demands of these entities to productize the results of the research being funded. More money is being spent on applying the resources to creating cures for diseases and devices for diagnostics. We believe that this is money well-spent that can both increase the efficiency of research and produce real impact on the health and well-being of the people funding that research. NIH and other large governmental institutions funding basic science have a huge role to play and have produced real innovation that has resulted in millions of lives saved, but have traditionally neglected the role of entrepreneurship in shepherding the knowledge through the dreaded valley of death. We need more funding for basic research, but we also need more emphasis on translational and inter-disciplinary research that balances the needs of the physicians, with those of scientists and engineers. Creating a dynamic team that understands both the science and the market is the key to making a difference to human health.

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