CSIT begins managing newly expanded portal that links startups to academic communities

Through a newly-expanded Research with NJ portal, entrepreneurs, startups and all types of businesses can now gain access to groundbreaking research being conducted at five New Jersey universities — Montclair State University; New Jersey Institute of Technology; Princeton University; Rowan University; and Rutgers University, according to a Monday announcement from the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology.

The free, online portal 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 commission also announced that it has taken over management of the portal from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education due to its close ties to both the startup and academic communities.

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,” CSIT Executive Director Judith Sheft stated. “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,” CSIT Chair Debbie Hart said. “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.”