Pairing Business with Science

Businesses often prefer to collaborate with scientists at universities and organisations that already have the equipment, laboratories and expertise in-house. QuestPair will enable companies to find suitable experts around the globe, while empowering scientists and universities to create impact through projects and collaborations.

We’d love to learn about which services on QuestPair could benefit you. If you have a few minutes to spare, please click the button above to answer a short questionnaire to help us create a better online platform.

Why QuestPair?

1. Businesses ask for it

New technologies are increasingly multidisciplinary and require experts with different backgrounds to collaborate.  As a result, businesses around the world often outsource project roles to scientists and engineers within research organisations and universities. QuestPair makes it easier to find the most suitable experts with a dedicated global platform.

2. Research funding depends on it

Society increasingly demands concrete results from research funded by tax-payers. Therefore, universities and scientists increasingly consider the societal impact of their research. Commercial collaborations are an important way to do this, as these have a direct effect on the economy and innovation culture. At the same time, they also provide an extra revenue stream for public and independent research. QuestPair helps to boost research impact by making connections that otherwise would not have existed.

3. To help create a better world

The world needs a plethora of new technologies to achieve a sustainable development addressing climate change, food security, healthcare, pollution, infrastructure resilience, and many other global challenges. QuestPair aims to encourage and help companies that work to make the world a better place, fostering the collaboration with researchers around the globe.

What people say

Startup company owner

CEO of a biotech company

“We do currently not fully understand the science behind our own product, but it is hard to find a scientist that might be able to help.”

Businesses will be able to find experts on QuestPair and let experts apply or directly invite them to propose ideas. It is possible to require experts to sign a non-disclosure agreement to see confidential information.

Scientist

Post-doctoral researcher working at university

“I would like to apply my research expertise to commercial projects to generate impact, but it is difficult to find interesting companies.”

Browse cases with business needs and apply your expertise to propose projects. It is also possible to invite other scientists to apply or collaborate.

University manager

Dealing with businesses requesting expertise

“When companies ask us if we have a suitable expert on short notice, it can take considerable time and effort to find one that is available.

Suggest suitable experts that are already on QuestPair and support them directly with negotiations, agreements, payments and other matters.

Team leader in industry

Product development smart polymers

“Finding suitable scientific experts is time consuming. There is currently no good platform to connect at once with scientists at many universities.”
Soon there will be one!

Structural engineer

Freelance consultant who just obtained a PhD

“Using my engineering knowledge for commercial projects helps me prepare for a job in industry. I am looking for interesting cases to work on.”
Apply your unique engineering skills directly to address real demand.

University professor

Group leader in physical chemistry

“It takes too much time to find suitable partners to start research
collaborations and funding partners matching my research interests”

Directly find calls and search partners on QuestPair to develop your research ideas.

A global matching platform for companies, scientists, and universities

QuestPair will enable companies to post cases describing their scientific needs. In turn, scientists and engineers can propose consultancy or contract research projects and suggest equipment, data and materials to use. Universities can support their staff through QuestPair with negotiating contracts and intellectual property rights. QuestPair will also offer functionalities to define milestones, track progress, and facilitate payments. We are in constant touch with the research and business communities to learn about their needs and make sure that we can implement useful features that are in high demand.

A global matching platform for companies, scientists, and universities

QuestPair will enable companies to post cases describing their scientific needs. In turn, scientists and engineers can propose consultancy or contract research projects and suggest equipment, data and materials to use. Universities can support their staff through QuestPair with negotiating contracts and intellectual property rights. QuestPair will also offer functionalities to define milestones, track progress, and facilitate payments. We are in constant touch with the research and business communities to learn about their needs and make sure that we can implement useful features that are in high demand.

How will it work?

Step 1: A client posts a case

A company, organisation or other client posts their scientific needs on QuestPair. Cases can either be public or private (invitation only). It is also possible to add an NDA.

Step 2: A scientific expert applies with proposal

Scientific experts suggest ideas, methods, equipment, data and materials to use. It is possible to invite experts to apply with a proposal. Scientists viewing the case can also suggest other experts to apply.

Step 3: Add collaborators

Find collaborators on QuestPair to join your team and proposal.

Step 4: Negotiation

In this phase, clients can review proposals and invite applicants to negotiate terms and conditions with applicants. If the outcome is positive, the project can start.

Step 5: pre-payment

Pre-payment. The money will be stored in an escrow account. Upon agreement between the parties, some funds may be released earlier if this is required for the project.

Step 6: Project starts

Start of the project. It will be possible to set milestones and track progress on the project page. The parties (clients, scientists, universities) can update contracts/T&C together during this stage if required.

Step 7: Project is finished

When the project is completed, parties can review the outcome on QuestPair and decide if follow-up actions are necessary.

Step 8: Payment

Final payment. For some projects, requiring investments part or long times, part of the payment can be also given in advance.

Partners & collaborations

QuestPair received SME instrument Phase I funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 876127

QuestPair received SME instrument Phase I funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 876127

Development timeline

We are currently developing the QuestPair platform. Scroll through the timeline below to see past and upcoming milestones.

  • Dec 2018

    Formation QuestPair team

    Formation QuestPair team

    December 1, 2018
    The QuestPair team was formed.
  • Feb 2019

    First designs complete

    First designs complete

    February 12, 2019
  • Apr 2019

    Development starts

    Development starts

    April 15, 2019
    We are now developing the first version of the QuestPair platform.
  • Jun 2019

    Landing page online. Visitors can subscribe to receives newsletters and updates.

    Landing page online. Visitors can subscribe to receives newsletters and updates.

    June 2, 2019
    Users can visit www.questpair.com
  • Oct 2019

    Scientists, companies and universities can participate in questionnaires to indicate which features they would like to see on QuestPair

    Scientists, companies and universities can participate in questionnaires to indicate which features they would like to see on QuestPair

    October 5, 2019
    Scientists, companies and universities can participate in Questionnaires to indicate which features they would like to see on QuestPair
  • Nov 2019

    First users invited for testing

    First users invited for testing

    November 2, 2019
  • Dec 2019

    Expected launch of QP closed Beta

    Expected launch of QP closed Beta

    December 1, 2019
  • Mar 2020

    Expected launch of QP open Beta

    Expected launch of QP open Beta

    March 5, 2020

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