konfer - innovation brokerage
- Published: Tuesday, 16 February 2016 17:19
- Written by National Centre for Universities and Business
Connecting knowledge, expertise, skills, research and business in a busy world is important but hard. konfer is a digital match-maker for collaboration between academics and business.
Developed, operated and managed by the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) in partnership with Research England and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) konfer is FREE to use.
It is open to all UK businesses, charities, research and technology organisations, universities, academics and individuals.
Register and create an account to access konfer’s advanced capabilities and to connect with academics and businesses.
konfer – innovation brokerage at your fingertips
Using latest machine learning and natural language processing technologies, the latest release gives even easier access to the wealth of research, experts, equipment and funding across 23 industry sectors in the UK.
Through konfer you can:
- Post and respond to collaboration requests
- Find funding
- Explore the latest research
- Find an expert
- Find equipment and facilities near you
- Use search advisor to guide and refine your search
- And connect with collaboration partners directly.
Over 1.7 million research papers, expert profiles and other data assets now incorporate topic and concept analysis, enabling unique search and discovery capabilities through an enhanced user experience.
Whatever your business needs from a university, you can find it with konfer
UK universities are bursting with innovation. From Aberdeen to Plymouth and Aberystwyth to Exeter, world-class academics are keen to collaborate with industry, charities and the public sector.
- 153 universities and institutions
- Over 142,000 academics
- 1.7 million+ research publications and projects
- 15,900+ facility and equipment listings
- More than 27,000 businesses
“konfer is a unique innovation tool opening up research, researchers and services in UK universities to businesses and other organisations looking for new ideas and collaborations. It will be helpful in translating the brilliant research within our universities into jobs, growth and innovation to support the economy.”
Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive, UKRI
“konfer promotes stronger commercialisation, business and policy links and wider societal engagement with publicly funded research. It opens out what universities and research institutes do to a wider audience.”
David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England
How konfer works
konfer was created by the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). It harvests data from multiple sources including:
- RSS News Feeds
- Gateway to Research (GtR)
- REF Case Studies
- Video (YouTube)
- Latest funding opportunities from Innovate UK
Data is regularly updated and enriched using konfer’s machine learning and natural language processing technology to enable intelligent categorisation search and discovery.
Further features will be implemented throughout 2019, with a view to maximising engagement between universities and business.
Visit konfer.online to learn more and get help getting started.