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IBM Announces Academic Research Initiative, Aids URI Scientists

IBM announced last week that they, along with the University of Rhode Island, are working on a project that will help researchers use social and analytics networks for finding funding sources, research partners, as well as to extract published reports from their respective fields.

Interestingly, this project will be the first of its kind when IBM will be providing a patented IBM invention for helping out academic researchers in their research.

“This IBM-URI College of Pharmacy project holds promise for accelerating the process of locating research support opportunities, forming winning research teams and efficiently collaborating in the creation of research funding proposals," Ronald P. Jordan, dean of URI's College of Pharmacy said in statement as quoted by PR Newswire.

"The rate of change we are experiencing in scientific discovery and processes, which support academic research, is exponential....I am grateful that IBM gave our college a chance to participate in the early stages of developing this work,” he added.

Both IBM and URI will be working together to deploy IBM’s optimisation software, social networking, cloud computing and data analytics technology, and URI’s vast experience in academic research, for bringing up solutions for educational institutes in managing their projects efficiently, in a cost effective manner.