CSIT Begins Managing Newly-Expanded Platform That Showcases Massive Volume of Research Being Conducted Statewide
The New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) today announced the expansion of ResearchwithNJ.com to provide local, national, and international innovation communities with insight into groundbreaking research being conducted at five New Jersey universities – Montclair State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT); Princeton University; Rowan University; and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The Commission also announced that it has taken over management of the portal from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) due to its close ties to both the startup and academic communities.
The free, online portal, which can be accessed at www.researchwithnj.com, offers more than 250,000 pieces of research output that commercial enterprises, ranging from startups to global corporations, can use to fuel their growth. Topics range across a broad spectrum of disciplines, such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, psychology, sociology, and others. The newly-expanded Research with NJ portal now has search capabilities for specific subject matters that align with NJ’s strategic industry sectors through the site’s “strategic pillar” tabs.
Governor Phil Murphy announced the launch of Research with NJ in the summer of 2018, at the same time he announced the establishment of CSIT. Research with NJ was originally developed as a collaborative effort by the NJEDA and the OSHE to forge stronger connections between New Jersey’s research universities and the industry. Given CSIT’s goal of expanding partnerships between early-stage companies, entrepreneurs, and universities, the Commission assumed management of the portal and will work closely with the participating universities to ensure the continued support and growth of the online site.
“Our close ties to both the startup community and the state’s many academic institutions made the management of Research with NJ by CSIT a natural fit,” said CSIT Executive Director Judith Sheft. “We anticipate the expansion of Research with NJ, combined with our ongoing efforts to enhance outreach to emerging companies and academic professionals, will help strengthen connections between New Jersey’s research universities and the industry.”
Research with NJ highlights the Garden State’s leading research experts and facilities, enhancing the visibility of research output. It also increases opportunities for users to create partnerships and build innovative new businesses and products based on the latest scientific and technological breakthroughs. Businesses can gain access to relevant areas of expertise, facilitating the transfer of technology to the marketplace. This includes information on subject matter experts, facilities, publications, intellectual property, news, and events. Investors considering investing in a startup can also use Research with NJ to learn about research done by members of the company prior to investment.
“One of New Jersey’s greatest assets is our vast network of globally-recognized universities, including all of the academic institutions that are a part of the Research with NJ portal,” said CSIT Chair Debbie Hart. “Through Research with NJ, we are harnessing the brainpower of our state’s highly-talented researchers and providing their intellectual data, free of charge, to individuals worldwide in order to help propel our innovation ecosystem forward.”
To date, the Research with NJ platform has sourced nearly 268,000 outputs from all participating universities, incorporating more than 4,500 individual profiles, over 150 core facilities, and grants/projects topping 6,200.
“New Jersey already has a tremendous story to tell when it comes to the breadth of innovation stemming from our world-class universities and the impact researchers and innovators are having on the global stage,” said Dr. Brian Bridges, the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education. “Research with NJ will continue to strengthen the state’s ability to promote the high quality and volume of research produced by our researchers to an even broader audience.”
Research with NJ was developed under the leadership of an Advisory Board consisting of the participating research universities and industry representatives from the NJEDA, OSHE, New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Choose New Jersey, BioNJ, the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey, the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, and TechUnited. The Advisory Board provides oversight and recommendations to ensure the portal’s sustainability and success.
“The Research with NJ portal offers a glimpse into the groundbreaking developments and discoveries being made at our state’s esteemed research universities,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “I am confident that this expanded resource will foster new opportunities for innovators and companies at every stage of growth and will help us achieve Governor Murphy’s goal of recapturing New Jersey’s role as a national leader in innovation.”
In August 2018, Governor Murphy signed legislation re-establishing the former New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology as the CSIT. Comprised of representatives from the public and private sectors, as well as academia, the Commission is tasked with leading the way in promoting the state as a home for academic and technological research, development, and commercialization.