Leidos Joins With √úberresearch To Add Global Research Funding Landscape To OnPar

24 March 2017 — Global science and technology solutions and services leader Leidos has welcomed¬†√úberResearch to OnPAR, the Online Partnership to Accelerate Research. OnPAR, originally launched by the Leidos Life Sciences team in March 2016, is a partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It offers a new funding paradigm with the goal of matching highly scored, unfunded grant applications with potential non-government funding organizations. √úberResearch contributes key capabilities from its Dimensions platform to provide pertinent global funding landscape data and its unique natural language processing (NLP) matching tool that routes relevant grant applications to funders.

“√úberResearch provides critical information for funding organizations, and it is a natural partner for OnPAR,” says Martin Due√Īas, Director, Health Research Management Practice, Leidos Life Sciences.

√úberResearch’s Dimensions is a decision support system that analyzes strategic research investments by funders, universities, and other stakeholders throughout the research ecosystem. The platform provides insight into the international funding landscape, covering over $1 trillion in awards from millions of research projects funded by hundreds of government, non-profit, and private funding organizations. Dimensions offers a single platform to examine research funding and outputs alike using the very best decision support tools available.

“We are thrilled to partner with Leidos in support of the OnPAR effort. Dimensions will provide additional information including a broad view of the global research landscape to facilitate more informed research investment decisions,” says Dr. Duane Williams, Vice President of √úberResearch.

OnPAR with Dimensions will provide a global research knowledge management platform that will empower funding organizations and private industry to make more informed strategic investments. In addition, the data mining tools and analytics within OnPAR with Dimensions will facilitate greater perspective, and insight previously unavailable, by linking research projects and literature that were never before recognized as relevant, ultimately furthering advances in research discovery and development.

OnPAR is increasing its enrollment and will announce new members in spring 2017, including additional foundations, pharmaceutical companies, and other life sciences funding organizations across varied disease areas.

Any funding organization interested in becoming a member can find more information on the OnPAR website at https://onpar.leidosweb.com. Leidos welcomes both new partners and members to participate in this effort. Please visit OnPAR frequently for further announcements and join the team to accelerate research and find cures and treatments for the many diseases affecting our communities.


About UberResearch

ÜberResearch, a member of the Digital Science family with Altmetric, Figshare, Readcube, and Symplectic, focuses on building Portfolio Analysis, Reviewer Identification, Categorization, and Search and Discovery systems for Research Funders. The ÜberResearch team has worked for over 15 years producing solutions that apply analytical technology like NLP to science content including publications, grants, patents, clinical trials, and more. Clients range from the largest funding agencies and most prestigious scientific publishers to the smallest foundations and non-profits. For more information, visit uberresearch.com.

About Leidos

Leidos is a global science and technology solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $7.04 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2016. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.

Statements in this announcement, other than historical data and information, constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements, or industry results to be very different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 30, 2016, and other such filings that Leidos makes with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

March 24th, 2017

√úberResearch and Springer Nature SciGraph: Supporting open science and the wider understanding of research

Today marks the launch of Springer Nature SciGraph, a powerful semantic search and Linked Open Data (LOD) platform that brings together data from across the research landscape, making it easier for the community to analyze information related to the Springer Nature collection. The knowledge graph contains 155 million facts (triples) about scholarly research objects including funding data, research projects, grants, conferences, affiliations, and papers. Additional data, such as citations, patents, clinical trials, and usage numbers will follow in stages, growing the Springer Nature SciGraph to more than 1 billion triples by the end of 2017

In addition to the vast majority of these datasets being freely accessible, experts are able to download datasets for local analysis as well as via exploration tools on the Springer Nature SciGraph website.

In addition to Springer Nature, cooperating project and data partners include Digital Science (including √úberResearch, ReadCube, GRID), Ontotext, Unsilo, and InfoChem.

Mario Diwersy, Managing Director at √úberResearch, shares: “Data is infinitely more valuable when you can go beyond just the individual datasets and explore the relationship between them. We are thrilled to be collaborating with Springer Nature to bring this openly available platform to the larger community.”

To learn more about the power behind Springer Nature SciGraph, please visit: www.springernature.com/scigraph

For those who are attending the London Book Fair (Tuesday 14th March, 10 am), don’t miss the SciGraph presentation explaining the platform features and its technical approach.

March 9th, 2017

Bladder Cancer Funding Analyzer Launched on Bladder Cancer Website

London, UK, February 16, 2017 ‚Äď Bladder Cancer (BLC) today announced¬†the launch of the Bladder Cancer Funding Analyzer (BCFA) on the BLC website. It is a free service that is part of a new suite of online features that have been designed to serve the needs of the bladder cancer research community.

BCFA presents in-depth data on more than fifty funders from over twenty countries including theUnited States, all of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan. It allows users to easily locate funding related to bladder cancer and analyze funding streams and trends. Further, it facilitates a better understanding of research organizations’ funding portfolios and the funding patterns of specific funders, both of which are critical when developing grant applications.

“This is a unique and remarkable tool that will be very valuable to everyone doing bladder cancer research,”¬†explained BLC‚Äôs Editors-in- Chief Seth P. Lerner, MD, and Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD. “It is becoming increasingly important to know more about the funding landscape and about who is working on what project so effective collaborations can be sought out.”

Built by ÜberResearch, a solutions and services company focused on the needs of science funders, BCFA includes all funding related to bladder cancer drawn from ÜberResearch’s extensive grant database of more than $1.1 trillion of funded research, representing over 3.4 million projects from 258 different funders like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation in the U.S. and the Wellcome Trust and U.K. Research Councils in the U.K.

Users can conduct line-of- investigation queries (e.g., epithelial-mesenchymal transition, gemcitabine-cisplatin therapy, urinary diversion) to look for funding trends and to see which investigators in which countries have been the most successful in obtaining funding in a given area of bladder cancer research. New funding information will be added to BCFA on an ongoing basis.

‚ÄĚWe invite all bladder cancer researchers to access this valuable service at www.bladdercancerjournal.com/funding, which we are pleased to make available at no charge,‚ÄĚ added Dr. Lerner and Dr. Theodorescu.

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Bladder Cancer is an international multidisciplinary journal to facilitate progress in understanding the epidemiology/etiology, genetics, molecular correlates, pathogenesis, pharmacology, ethics, patient advocacy and survivorship, diagnosis and treatment of tumors of the bladder and upper urinary tract.

The journal is dedicated to providing an open forum for original research in basic science, translational research, and clinical medicine that will expedite our fundamental understanding and improve treatment of tumors of the bladder and upper urinary tract. www.bladdercancerjournal.com.


Commencing its publishing activities in 1987, IOS Press is headquartered in Amsterdam with satellite offices in the USA, Germany, India, and China and serves the information needs of scientific and medical communities worldwide. IOS Press now publishes over 100 international journals and about 75 book titles each year on subjects ranging from computer sciences and mathematics to medicine and the natural sciences. www.iospress.com


ÜberResearch is a leading provider of software solutions focused on helping funding organizations, non-profits and governmental institutions make more informed decisions about science funding. The company’s cloud-based platform provides better views of an organization’s grant data, peer organization activities, and the data of the funding community at large. The software functions span search and duplication detection to robust tools for reviewer identification and portfolio analysis.

√úberResearch is a global business with main offices in Cologne, Germany; London, United Kingdom; Washington DC and Columbia, USA, and other European and US locations. √úberResearch is a portfolio company of Digital Science. For more information, visit: www.uberresearch.com and follow @uberresearch on Twitter.

February 16th, 2017

Digital Science Announces New Dimensions Module for Researchers, Providing Powerful Insights into the Global Funding Landscape

Searchable database of over $1 trillion USD in research grant funding now available for researchers

January 25th, 2017¬†— Digital Science, a leading technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, today unveiled a new module of its global grants database, Dimensions. The Dimensions database, containing information on millions of completed and ongoing research projects with over $1 trillion USD in global research funding, will be made available directly to researchers for the very first time. Users will be able to see how their work fits into the bigger picture of funded research within a specific discipline.

Dimensions is already being used by university administrators and research offices across the globe to inform research development decisions. This new version of the platform, available via site license access, enables researchers themselves to understand new trends as they emerge and to see the research activity in their field unfold in real-time. Users can:

  • Monitor future research trends – a huge advantage over publication databases which only reflect the achievements from the past
  • Identify potential new collaborators
  • Compare the most up-to-date activity across institutions, subjects and funders around the world
  • See built in visualisations and advanced search tools that offer new and instant insights from the data

Christian Herzog, CEO of Digital Science’s portfolio company ÜberResearch, who built the new module, said:

‚ÄúWe are constantly listening to the needs of the global academic community and the Dimensions database has developed and grown based on our market knowledge. Researchers want to see and understand research trends, and an effective way of doing that is to look at awarded grants. This new information has huge benefits for researchers, from finding new collaborators to convincing reviewers to fund projects.‚ÄĚ

The new module is now available – please contact dimensions@digital-science.com for more information.


About √úberResearch
ÜberResearch is a leading provider of software solutions focused on helping funding organizations, non-profits, and global institutions make more informed decisions about research funding. The company’s cloud-based platform provides better views of an organization’s grant data, peer organization activities, and the data of the funding community at large. ÜberResearch is a portfolio company of Digital Science and a global business with main offices in Cologne, Germany; London, United Kingdom; Washington DC & Columbia, USA and other European and US locations. For more information, visit www.uberresearch.com and follow @uberresearch on Twitter.

About Digital Science
Digital Science is a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, at the laboratory bench or in a research setting. It invests in and incubates scientific software companies that simplify the research cycle, making more time for discovery. Its portfolio companies and investments include a host of leading and admired brands including: Altmetric, BioRAFT, Figshare, IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, Overleaf, Peerwith, ReadCube, TetraScience, Transcriptic, Symplectic and √úberResearch. It is operated by global media company, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.

For more information, visit www.digital-science.com and follow @digitalsci on Twitter.

January 25th, 2017

Bibliometric Leaders Unveil New Methods to Understand Biomedical Science

November 2nd 2016, Boston, USA: √úberResearch, a leading data and analytics solutions and services company serving scientific funders and research organizations, has announced a set of innovative methods from a collaboration undertaken with a group of international bibliometric experts which represent a progression for the field of bibliometrics as it relates to the analysis of the life sciences. These methods will help researchers more easily identify variation in topics, and novelty in biomedical fields.

In a paper published in the journal Scientometrics, the international group led by Dr. Loet Leydesdorff, including Aaron Sorensen, ÜberResearch’s Head of Bibliometric Engagement and Scientometrics editor at the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, disclosed a set of methods that will help to open up new insights into the variations in topics, and novelty from within biomedical fields. Domain-specific terms and citation data are integrated together to help researchers improve their understanding of biomedical and disease fields, and the different kinds of topics, and novelty within those fields. This is important as it helps researchers more easily compare different hypotheses in the same line of investigation.

The paper outlines methods that enable users to integrate MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) terms with citation data. The MeSH terms are provided by the National Library of Medicine. By integrating these ‚Äúgold standard‚ÄĚ terms for describing topics, with citation data, the group achieved an enhancement.

They were able to retain the core archival structure for the field provided by the journal titles, but also use the MeSH terms to highlight the variations in topics, and indeed novelty, within a given scientific field. The group used the mouse-model approach to exploring the amyloid cascade hypothesis as the test for the new methods. This is the most dominant line of investigation within Alzheimer’s Disease research in recent history.

Aaron Sorensen commented: “The new methods were used to condense this subfield of Alzheimer‚Äôs disease research into a collection of forty interrelated, landmark papers for the disease known as a ‚Äėmain path.‚Äô In order to assess quality of the main path, the author lists of the forty articles were compared to a list of the ten most-highly-cited, dual winners of the two most prestigious Alzheimer‚Äôs research awards – it was quite impressive to see that the work of every single top-ten investigator appeared in the main path.‚ÄĚ


Fig. 1: Journal references in red represent the core structure of research around the line of investigation of the mouse-model approach to exploring the amyloid cascade hypothesis. The MeSH terms in green reveal the variation of topics and novelty

The group’s methods and results are published in this paper in the Springer Nature journal, Scientometrics.

For press enquiries contact:

Aaron Sorensen, Head of Bibliometric Engagement, √úberResearch
Company: √úberResearch
Contact e-mail: Aaron Sorensen

About the study and research group

Read the paper:
The routines utilized in the study are freely available at http://www.leydesdorff.net/software/citnetw
This international research group is led by by Dr. Loet Leydesdorff, Professor of Communication and Innovation in the Dynamics of Science & Technology at the University of Amsterdam. It also includes Aaron Sorensen, ÜberResearch’s Head of Bibliometric Engagement, Lina Hellsten, from the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam; Lutz Bornmann, Division for Science and Innovation Studies, Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society; and Jordan A Comins, Center for Applied Information Science, Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation.

About ÜberResearch: ÜberResearch is a leading provider of software solutions focused on helping funding organizations, non-profits, and governmental institutions make more informed decisions about science funding. The company’s cloud-based platform provides better views of an organization’s grant data, peer organization activities, and the data of the funding community at large. The software functions span search and duplication detection to robust tools for reviewer identification and portfolio analysis.
√úberResearch is a global business with main offices in Cologne, Germany; London, United Kingdom; Washington DC & Columbia, USA and other European and US locations. √úberResearch is a portfolio company of Digital Science. For more information, visit: http://www.uberresearch.com and follow @uberresearch on Twitter.

About Digital Science: Digital Science is a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, at the laboratory bench or in a research setting. It invests in and incubates scientific software companies that simplify the research cycle, making more time for discovery. Its portfolio companies include a host of leading and admired brands including Altmetric, BioRAFT, Figshare, Labguru, Overleaf, ReadCube, GRID, TetraScience, Symplectic and √úberResearch. It is operated by global media company, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.
For more information, visit www.digital-science.com and follow @digitalsci on Twitter.

November 2nd, 2016

The Dimensions database reaches 1 trillion USD and counting!


In recent days the Dimensions database passed the big milestone of 1 trillion US Dollars total in funded research projects. These funds represent the over 200 funding organisations, and 2.37 million funded projects present in Dimensions from around the world, and this will continue to increase greatly in the months and years to come.

Of this total, more than 10% of the projects in Dimensions are research projects which are being worked on currently or in the future – underlining the forward-looking nature of database. These are ongoing research projects which will not be evidenced in publications for several years to come, but can already be used to analyse the direction of research.

Grants in the database are of course available for researchers to claim and assign to their ORCID record using the √úberWizard for ORCID ‚Äď and grants from different funders can be assigned in a single step ‚Äď making it much easier to integrate grant related activity into ORCID.

Integration of data means that the different data models from the various funders are mapped, with person and institution disambiguation routines applied to the data to allow for a precise view on the portfolio of a specific research organization. If you are interested in analysing today’s grants and identifying tomorrow’s discoveries then Dimensions is the tool for you. Please contact us via e-mail: info@uberresearch.com

July 22nd, 2016

How-to video: Add your funded grants easily to ORCID with UberWizard

Did you know that you can use the UberWizard for ORCID to add your funded grants to your ORCID profile page? In this short video we show you how easy this is to do. Simply search the database for your name or the title of the project, and then select the grants to import to your profile.

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. If you are a researcher and do not yet have an ORCID profile, then you can set one up for free at ORCID.org.

July 6th, 2016

Using Dimensions to examine the potential effects of Britain leaving the EU

dimensions report titleA new report from Digital Science has used the Dimensions database to examine the possible consequences for UK research of Britain leaving the EU. Published today, the report entitled ‚ÄúExamining implications of Brexit for the UK research base‚ÄĚ, examines the present state of funding coming from the EU to support research within Britain.

The report identifies that the UK risks losing EU research funding to the tune of £1 billion per year if the public votes to leave the EU on 23rd June. Currently, around a quarter of all public funding for research in the Dimensions database in the UK comes from the EU. In 2015, the amount of new grant funding awarded to the UK was £967 million.

According to the research, the UK has been the second highest recipient of EU research funding over the last decade, with £8,044,801,711 from 2006 to 2015, just behind Germany with £8,335,695,125. However, the UK is significantly more dependent on EU funding than Germany and other research-intensive countries, as the UK as a whole contributes just 1.63% of the nation’s GDP to research (compared to 2.85% for Germany).

This type of analysis is always easily done using the Dimensions database – now with 200 funders representing one trillion dollars of research funding from across the globe.

See the full report here.

May 19th, 2016

The Dimensions database is now even bigger!

Over 2 million funded projects on uberresearch dimensions


The Dimensions database has increased in size again, and now includes around 200 funders, with over 2 million funded projects, representing over $940bn. This includes over $200bn in projects in 2016 and beyond.

All grants are of course available for researchers to claim and assign to their ORCID record using the¬†√úberWizard for ORCID ‚Äď and all their grants from different funders can be assigned is a single step ‚Äď making it much easier to integrate their grant related activity into ORCID.

We are adding more grant sources continuously. Integration means that the different data models from the various funders are mapped, and person and institution disambiguation routines are applied to the data, to allow for a precise view on the R&D portfolio of a specific research organization.

If you are interested in analysing today’s grants and identifying tomorrow’s discoveries then Dimensions is the tool for you. Please reach out to us via e-mail: info@uberresearch.com


February 29th, 2016

$874 billion of funded research, more than 1.7M projects from 150 funders are now covered in the Dimensions grant database!



These numbers are the latest characteristics of the global grants database which can be analysed with the Dimensions tool from ÜberResearch Р and there is more than $320 billion of active projects, for 2015 and beyond.

All grants are available for researchers to claim and assign to their ORCID record in using the ÜberWizard for ORCID Рall their grants from different funders can be assigned is a single step Рmaking it much easier to integrate their grant related activity into ORCID. The only alternative would be to key them in manually.

We are also adding in more grant sources on a continuous basis. Integration means that the different data models from the various funders are mapped, and person and institution disambiguation routines are applied to the data, to allow for a precise view on the R&D portfolio of a specific research organization.

If you are interested in analysing today’s grants which will result in tomorrow’s publications ¬†Dimensions for Funders and Dimensions for Universities is the place to go. Please reach out to us via e-mail (info@uberresearch.com).

October 15th, 2015

Digital Science launches GRID – an open database of institutional identifiers developed with √úberResearch


Digital Science and √úberResearch have implemented, in the last two years, a database of unique identifiers for research organizations. It was first used in √úberResearch’s Dimensions tool to map different name variants of organizations to a unique identifier to get a clear view on funding received by a research organization or allowing a funder to clearly see their ¬†funding to organizations.

GRID currently contains about 50,000 manually created institutional names, along with unique identifiers and geo-location information across 212 countries. The data are derived from the portfolios of more than 150 funders and large publication repositories such as PubMed. It is openly available under a CC-BY Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 international licence.

At present, developers, researchers, companies, governments, civil societies, publishers and academic institutions frequently conduct analysis using ‚Äėunclean‚Äô data, where, for example, institutions are listed with multiple aliases and in different formats. GRID provides a central reference point for research work and ensures that future studies will be built on accurate underlying data.

√úberResearch is offering its clients and Dimensions users to support them in adopting GRID – by implementing the corresponding matching tools to map institution names in internal systems dynamically to GRID – solving the issue of name variants in the data.

If your organization wants to learn more about GRID and how to implement disambiguation routines like the ones used in UberResearch’s Dimensions – please reach out to us via e-mail (info@uberresearch.com).



October 13th, 2015

Meet us in San Francisco: April 22, 2015 “Challenges and solutions in scholarly information management

tGoldenGateBridgeDigital Science, in conjunction with iAnnotate 2015 Conference, presents

CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS IN SCHOLARLY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: the changing face of research and the resources evolving to support it

Location: Golden Gate Room; Fort Mason, San Francisco April 22, 2015

Today‚Äôs research institutions are under tremendous pressure to become more efficient in how they manage research information, whether in the lab or in the library. They want smarter ways to help faculty manage and share their research data, and track their research output. They want more options when it comes to procuring scholarly resources and understanding scholarly impact. Join us on April 22nd 2015 for a series of enlightening conversations between academic institutions and the providers of some of the best new software solutions addressing institutional and researcher ‚Äúpain points‚ÄĚ in the scholarly information management space.

√úberResearch’s Ashlea Higgs is sharing details about √úberResearch and Dimensions:

10:45-11:15am: Global view of grant funding with UberResearch:
With a global database of grant funding and tools for institutional comparisons, categorization, portfolio analysis, and peer review, UberResearch will share case examples from working with research funders and universities, in particular research development and institutional research. Who funded whom, for what, how much, and when? How do we compare to our peers? Funding trends, mapped to our interests?

Looking forward to meeting you there!



March 17th, 2015

√úberResearch’s Francesc Alted is giving the keynote at PyData 2015, Paris

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 13.00.32The √úberResearch team is sworn in on Python and also very active in the Python community – we are proud that Francesc has been invited to give one of the two keynotes at the PyData conference in Paris on April 3, 2015 which is focusing on ‘changing the way scientists, engineers, and analysts perceive big data’. This conferences main topic is how Python can support this from a technical perspective, but it is also true for √úberResearch’s mission: making big data accessible and provide the insights science funders need to make the best funding decisions possible. And our application Dimensions is built in Python.

Francesc will be talking about¬†“New Trends In Storing And Analyzing Large Data Silos With Python”, talking Dimensions and the team’s efforts to make Big Data accessible for science funders:

Abstract: The meat of it would be to provide an overview of our current set of tools and how we arrived to these. Then, in the light of the current bottlenecks, and how hardware and software are evolving, provide a brief overview of the emerging technologies that will be important for handling Big Data within Python. Although I expect my talk to be a bit prospective, I won’t certainly be trying to predict the future, but rather showing a glimpse on what I expect we would be doing in the next couple of years (bar unexpected revolutions ;).

If you want to join his session please find details on PyData here.

March 12th, 2015

ORCID / √úberResearch webinar: The Metadata Round Trip on Jan 23, 2015

UntitledWe would like to invite to join us on our next webinar hosted by ORCID on  The Metadata Round Trip on Friday January 23 at 0800 (PST), 1100 (EST), 1600 (GMT), 1700 (CET).

We have been working with our clients and ORCID to plan the next version of the integration between ORCID and the √úberResearch products (Dimensions, √úberWizard for ORCID). We will share how we will implement the auto update functionality – increasing the ways grants management system and Dimensions can ‘interoperate’!

We are looking forward to the webinar with our colleagues from CrossRef, DataCite. Learn more about our and their auto-update implementations and plans, and hear their thoughts on the potential of interoperable persistent identifiers to improve the use, sharing, and re-use of research information.

Register now to take part!

January 20th, 2015

RIP BiomedExperts.com… what comes next?

Mouse on tombstone - 3D renderA few days ago, all users from BiomedExperts.com have received an e-mail that Elsevier is shutting it down at the end of the year. Most of the ÜberResearch team has been involved in building it back in 2007/2008 while being still Collexis Рand a few from us where admitting sentimental feelings when browsing a last time through the pages of our baby which has not changed much since the first launch.

And we have been contacted by a lot of biomedical funders over the last days expressing their regret about this  and highlighting the use cases which they solved with BiomedExperts Рasking whether we make a similar feature set available. And the short answer is yes Рpartly already today and more so in the future! And it will contain interesting new Dimensions (pun intended): for examples the flow of research funding within the scientific community Рrepresenting both the historic and future committed funding.
If you used BiomedExperst to solve challenges and find experts please send us a short note at info@uberresearch.com and we will be in touch – to ensure that we are covering all the relevant areas and features!


December 9th, 2014

Macmillan Science and Education opens up treasure chest of rich scientific knowledge to researchers and society at large #scishare

The ÜberResearch sister company ReadCube enables articles on nature.com to be made widely available to read and share to support collaborative research  

01-Sharing linkDigital Science’s parent company, Macmillan Science and Education, one of the leading publishing and technology companies in the world announces the launch of a groundbreaking publishing initiative, making it easy for readers to share an unprecedented wealth of scientific knowledge instantly with researchers and scientists across the globe.The technology behind this initiative has been developed by our sister company ReadCube, who builds software to make research literature more accessible and connected for researchers, institutions and publishers.Subscribers to 49 journals on nature.com can now legitimately and conveniently share the full-text of articles of interest with colleagues who do not have a subscription via a shareable web link on nature.com.  In addition, Macmillan Science and Education will take a lead on opening up public engagement with scientific knowledge to society at large by giving access to the same content to readers of 100 global media outlets and blogs.

Read more

December 2nd, 2014

Free access to Dimensions for Funders with $1 million or less research funding annually

One of the main reasons to start √úberResearch and build the cloud based Dimensions product was to make portfolio analysis and reviewer finder tools available for small and mid size science funders. With the √úberShare initiative we are taking the next logical step and are making Dimensions freely available for small science funding organizations – and we are excited about the positive feedback we already received during the preparation phase.

UberShare initiative

Every science funder that provides up to $1 million in annual funding can claim access to Dimensions for Funders here. Dimensions allows users to analyze their own and other funders portfolios and provides reviewer identification routines. ¬†The offer will be on a ‚Äėfirst come first served‚Äô basis ‚Äď we can accommodate up to ten small funding organizations per month. It will also set up a snowball training system, whereby each participant funder commits to train others who wish to benefit from the scheme.

Dr. Harriet Kotsoris, Chief Scientific Officer, Lyme Research Alliance (LRA), Stamford, Connecticut:¬†‚ÄúFor smaller funders like the LRA it is even more critical to have information about the most recent research funding globally available – to be able to direct our focused resources to the most promising and innovative research which did not yet receive sufficient funding. The search and analytical capabilities of Dimensions analyzing a global grant portfolio will help us fund the most innovative researchers. We welcome the √úberResearch initiative to provide access for small funders free of charge – I’m sure that a lot of them will take the √úber team up on their initiative, like we have.”

Interested in getting access to Dimension under the √úberShare initiative? Please get in touch, we will provide access as quickly as possible!

Please find the full press release here.

November 17th, 2014

CASRAI Canada ReConnect14 with √úberResearch, Symplectic& Digital Science

ÜberResearch,  Symplectic and Digital Science will all be attending CASRAI Canada ReConnect14!

CASRAI ReConnect conferences are fast becoming the preeminent annual event for data-centric research management. They are an opportunity for research management experts to share, network and learn with others who are tackling the same issues.

  • Jeff Dougherty, Academic Solutions Specialist, Symplectic will be participating in a session on the Libraries & Publishers Track titled ‚ÄúUsability and Visibility: Adding Value to Content‚ÄĚ. The session will be taking place from 2pm ‚Äď 3pm on Thursday 20th November.
  • Ashlea Higgs, UberResearch founder, will be presenting a session titled ‚ÄúCategorization and Global Portfolio Analysis‚Ä̬†from 1:30pm to 2:30pm on Wednesday 19th, as part of the Funders & Institutions Track. As well as this he will also be presenting a session on the Libraries & Publishers Track titled ‚ÄúData-driven Decision-making‚Ä̬†from 8am ‚Äď 10am on the Friday.
  • Stuart Silcox, Regional Account Manager at Digital Science, will be participating in a session titled ‚ÄúEstablished and Emerging Tools‚Ä̬†from 9-10am on Friday 21st
November 16th, 2014

√úberResearch presents at the euroCRIS Strategic Member Meeting in Amsterdam


We are looking forward to our contribution at the euroCRIS Strategic Membership Meeting (November 11-12, 2014 in Amsterdam) where Gerry Lawson and Christian Herzog will be speaking about “Harmonizing research funder information” (November 12, 2014 from 11:15-11:50 in the session on “Interoperability and funder information “. We will share our experience bringing¬†data from various¬†funders around the globe together in one harmonized data model and shared database – which can analyzed with our tool Dimensions. If you are interested in meeting please send us a note¬†here¬†– we are looking forward to the meeting!

November 5th, 2014

Portuguese research council FCT works with √úberResearch to allow researchers to add their grants to ORCID

Screenshot ORCID WizardFCT and the √úberResearch team have worked in the past weeks to make life a little easier for FCT-funded researchers.

FCT has recently adopted a unique digital identifier for each researcher ‚Äď the ORCID iD ‚Äď as a first step in moving towards a single national repository of researchers, organisations, scientific infrastructures, grants, fellowships and scientific, technological and cultural output. This national integrated information ecosystem will support research management by overcoming communication and interoperability issues that the several existing national (as well as institutional) systems show.

Grants and other funding awards are an important component of a researcher’s output, so being able to add these to an ORCID record is valuable to researchers. However, manually adding grant data is cumbersome and was proving ineffective in generating high quality data, both in the ORCID and in the national repository. FCT and ÜberResearch worked together to solve this challenge, by integrating the data of FCT grants awarded since 2000 into the shared global ÜberResearch grants database. Researchers are now able to add their FCT grants to their ORCID profile, with just a few clicks.

The √úberWizward for ORCID allows researchers to import information from other funding agencies, such as the NIH and NSF in the USA, UK Research Councils and the Wellcome Trust in the UK, and over 50 other agencies.

If you want to import your funded projects into your ORCID record as well using the √úberwizard you can start the wizard here.

October 21st, 2014

What Outsell, a leading research firm has to say on √úberResearch and Dimensions

OutsellWhile preparing the launch of Dimensions for Funders a few weeks ago, we also did short briefings to have the launch promoted a little bit. One briefing was with Outsell, Inc., the leading research and advisory firm on media, information and technology. The result is the Outsell Insights article  Рneedless to say that we are very happy about it. Especially since it matches 1:1 the feedback we are getting from clients Рjust in writing. Let me just quote the last paragraph Рhere is the link to the full article:

“…..The magnitude of savings for organizations large and small, cutting application review from a matter of hours, days, weeks or months down to less than an hour, is a value that can reach six figures. But the value is not only financial or temporal. The tool also provides complete transparency to research funded for a particular discipline or disease, for example. Accessible to organizations of all size, this view of research cannot help but lead to an increased quality of the depth and breadth of scientific research.”

From Outsell Insights “When You Arrive at a Fork in the Road, Take It: UŐąberResearch Launches Dimensions for Funders”, September 2014 (www.outsellinc.com).

If you want to get access to Dimensions or discuss your use cases with us Р please contact us, we will be in touch!

October 15th, 2014

Rafal Rak and Francesc Alted have joined the √úberResearch R&D team

IMG_9578We are excited to have Rafal and Francesc on board! They are bringing a lot of additional experience and talent to the √úberResearch team.

Rafal has focused, in his previous career steps, on natural language processing, text mining and knowledge representation and joins us from NaCTeM, the National Centre for Text Mining at the University of Manchester, UK. He will be focusing on natural language processing, machine learning and clustering to allow us to add new sophisticated features to Dimensions!

Francesc Alted joined the team earlier this fall and lives in Castelló de la Plana at the Spanish Mediterranean coast where he enjoys better weather than most of the team. Francesc brings enormous experience from his previous engagements: originally a physicist, he has worked in both a university and a start up, and he is focusing, at ÜberResearch, on python development and constant performance improvement. Beside his work at ÜberResearch he is an open source advocate and has some pet projects in this space Рsuch as Blosc, PyTables, numexpr and lately bcolz.

October 14th, 2014

Funding intelligence for research organizations – Dimensions for Universities launched!

Dimensions for UniversitiesWe are very pleased to announce, together with our sister company Symplectic, the release of Dimensions for Universities. After working for 12 months, with input from more than 20 funders to help design Dimensions (for Funders), the ability to analyze the global funding landscape is now also available for research organizations. ÜberResearch has developed the application’s functionality and our friends at Symplectic are now able to supply and support Dimensions to research organizations, ensuring they are able to gain the most value from it. From this point on we will work together on advancing the product by taking customer feedback into account.

We are very happy about the cooperation between our two Digital Science portfolio companies. The UberTeam can stay focused and support funders, with either standard or highly customized versions of Dimensions, while Symplectic provides Dimensions to universities as a complementary offering to their flagship research information management system, Elements. Dimensions for Universities will allow the research organization to analyze the global funding landscape by allowing them to:

  • Analyze the portfolio of any University to compare funding won by your peers or competitive research organizations
  • Understand who funds research in a specific academic areas (user defined queries) or create specific queries to match your strategic direction
  • Understand where the funding is going, on both an institutional and researcher level, and by academic topic areas
  • Analyze the committed funding to gain insights in future years funding, on an institutional or researcher level to get competitive insights

If you are interested in learning more please do either contact us (√úberResearch) at¬†get in contact to us¬†or our¬†colleagues at Symplectic¬†‚Äď we are looking forward to hearing from you!


October 13th, 2014

Dimensions for Funders covered in Times Higher Education!

Our Dimensions for Funders is making waves as it has been covered by Times Higher Education! Read the full article here!

Screen Shot 2014 10 02 At 10.51.55‚ÄúScience funding is important and decisions about large amounts of money have a lot of impact for us all. In our experience, the people making the decisions and distributing the research funds do not have the support tools which are technically possible.‚Ä̬†

Check out also the mentioning of our Digital Science sister companies: in the Times Higher Education this piece discussing the recent 1:AM altmetrics conference which Altmetric sponsored and organised. Our newest family member WriteLaTeX has also been getting attention, this week they featured in this Nature Toolbox piece about collaborative writing tools.

October 8th, 2014

Version 2 launched! Say hello to the new Dimensions for Funders!


12 months of development, 23 development partners, 5 major releases and the result is Dimensions for Funders 2.0 ¬†‚Äď redefining portfolio analysis and planning for science funders

We are very proud to announce the release of the ÜberResearch application beyond the beta status after an intensive twelve-month development phase! Yay!

We have also chosen a name for our baby – what has so far been ¬†just ‘√úberResearch’ will be, from now on, the application ‘Dimensions’ from √úberResearch. ¬†‚ÄėDimensions‚Äô reflects the character of the application – the¬†data integration, aggregations and category classifications which open¬†up analytical dimensions that have been inaccessible up until now.¬† Dimensions¬†provides informational views across the spectrum of research funding, like understanding the portfolios of any given funder, or the ability to compare portfolios across funders, or the possibility to detect and analyze funding trends in domain specific areas. And these are just a few examples.

We especially would like to thank our development partners – their input has been incredibly helpful. It allowed us to integrate feedback from more than 20 organizations into this first live release.

Kudos as well to the development team, working, as always, in the background, but turning the targeted feedback from development partners and our ideas into a deep yet easy to use product. To get from start-up to the Dimensions product in such a short time-span speaks volumes for the experience and dedication of our development team!

If you are interested in learning more about Dimensions for Funders and in getting access – please drop us a line here, we will be in touch!

Link to the press release on the Dimensions for Funders launch.



September 15th, 2014

Our ‚ÄėVisual Funding Portfolios‚Äô in Places&Spaces 2014 / scimaps.org

Places-Spaces-300x221We are very proud to point to our contribution to the Places&Spaces science map exhibition. We developed together with¬†Moritz Stefaner a map of visual funding portfolios using the grants from 23 funding agencies from 2012 ‚Äď classifying them automatically with the 50 most frequent categories from the¬†Research Condition and Disease Classification (RCDC) ¬†developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. In this map, the circle sizes represent the share of funding spent on the respective topic.

Classifications that co-occur frequently on grants are placed in close proximity. This RCDC topic map was then used to characterize the funding profile of the 23 agencies that can be seen as small-multiple visualization in the lower right. In each funder map, the circle area size shows the proportion of funding spent on each topic by that funder. Funding agencies are placed according to the location of their funding focus on the topic map: those that focus on ‚ÄėBioengineering‚Äô on the left, ‚ÄėBreast Cancer‚Äô on top, etc. Visually, the maps resemble petri dishes‚ÄĒnot only a nod to the theme of research, but also a conceptual anchor to make the graphic more memorable. The map can be used to visually compare funding portfolios or to identify and coordinate joint funding opportunities.

Beside the online version (check out also the science maps from previous years ‚Äď a lot of cool and thought provoking contributions over the past years) you can also see the physical exhibition until December 11, 2014 at the University of Miami!

September 15th, 2014

Meet us at the Wolfram Data Summit in Washington DC – September 4-5, 2014

Wolfram alphaMeet Ashlea Higgs and Christian Herzog  at the Wolfram Data Summit in DC. We will be giving a presentation on how big data solutions can support science investment decisions  on Thursday. We are looking forward to interesting discussions with the  participants and presentations!

August 30th, 2014

#uberresearchprize – and the winner is…


Over the last few months, in conjunction with the Digital Science team, we launched a Twitter competition open to PhD students. The task was to tweet how you would spend £10 million of science funding using the hashtag #uberresearchprize.

The top three tweets, as voted by our judging panel, were then invited to write a blog post, elaborating on their original tweet. Here are the top three posts:

How Open Innovation Centers Could Expand the Future of Biotechnology РDarin J. Weed
Postdocs: who needs them?– Kevin Rattigan
How do you know you want to be a scientist? РIsabel Webb

Overall, the competition was a great success with hundreds of tweets on the hashtag Рdo check out the Storify too. Judging panel member Allan Sudlow from the British Library adds:

‚ÄúThis competition gave scientists a great opportunity to think creatively beyond their own research domains, something the Science Team at the British Library is keen to help support‚ÄĚ

But, what you all want to know,is who has scooped the prize of a brand-new MacBook Pro, fully stocked with a years Premium figshare account, a pro license for Readcube, and a Projects license…

So without further adieu, we would like to announce that the winner of the #uberresearchprize is Isabel Webb for her post on “How do you know you want to be a scientist.”

Isabel’s post was an engaging and positive piece, highlighting the social and gender challenges associated with attracting potential scientists of the future.

Thanks to everyone who has been involved in the competition, especially to the runners up, Kevin and Darin for their great blog entries. We hope you have enjoyed the competition as much as we have!

August 26th, 2014

The √úberResearch founder story in 4:44 minutes…

It has been a year since we started √úberResearch ‚Äď and we are closing in on version 2, the first release beyond beta status ‚Äď it will even get a real product name soon! A good time to look back and share why we have sought support and investment from Digital Science. A great thank you to our development partners and to the great √úberDevelopment team that makes the ideas real!

August 22nd, 2014

#uberresearchprize – 3rd finalist – how do you know you want to be a scientist?

In July, alongside the Digital Science team, we launched a Twitter competition open to PhD students. The task was to tweet how you would spend £10 million of science funding using the hashtag #uberresearchprize.

We had hundreds of tweets and the top three, as voted by our judging panel, were then invited to write a blog post, delving into their original tweet. Over the next few days we will publish the top three blog posts here on our blog, announcing the winner on Tuesday 26th August.

Today we are publishing Isabel Webb’s entry and this was her original tweet:

Uber PhotoTweet IzzyIsabel Webb¬†grew up in Hertfordshire before studying for her undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. She then moved on to do a PhD in Molecular Microbiology at the John Ines Centre in Norwich, looking at the bacterial side of the rhizobia-legume symbiosis. Outside of her PhD she has done a lot of science communication and outreach around the Norwich area, and is a keen tweeter/blogger. Isabel is also interested in Science Policy, and will be doing an internship in this area this coming September. When she’s not doing science you’ll probably find her baking, at the gym or at the theatre. Read Isabel’s blog post here.

August 22nd, 2014

#uberresearchprize ‚Äď 2nd finalist blog post – who needs postdocs?

In July, alongside the Digital Science team, we launched a Twitter competition open to PhD students. The task was to tweet how you would spend £10 million of science funding using the hashtag #uberresearchprize.

We had hundreds of tweets and the top three, as voted by our judging panel, were then invited to write a blog post, delving into their original tweet. Over the next few days we will publish the top three blog posts here on our blog, announcing the winner on Tuesday 26th August.

Today we are publishing Kevin Rattigan’s entry and this was his original tweet:

Photo (6)Tweet KevinKevin Rattigan completed his undergraduate degree in 2011, which was Human Genetics, in Trinity College Dublin. He is currently in the Wellcome Trust 4year Mres-PhD programme in the University of Glasgow. For his PhD he is investigating perturbations of the immune system by Leishmania mexicana. Outside of research, Kevin enjoys Ultimate Frisby and anything else that gets him outside. Read his blogpost here:

August 21st, 2014

#uberresearchprize ‚Äď 1st finalist blog post ‚Äď How open innovation centers could expand the future of biotechnology

In July, alongside the Digital Science team, we launched a Twitter competition open to PhD students. The task was to tweet how you would spend £10 million of science funding using the hashtag #uberresearchprize.

We had hundreds of tweets and the top three, as voted by our judging panel, were then invited to write a blog post, delving into their original tweet. Over the next few days we will publish the top three blog posts here on our blog, announcing the winner on Tuesday 26th August.

Screen Shot 2014 08 20 At 10.48.11Tweet DarinDarin J. Weed is a doctoral student at Washington State University studying the immunology of infectious diseases. His thesis topic is centered on how herpes simplex virus enters host cells. He is currently an Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) an NIH Biotechnology Training Program fellow and a recipient of the NSF graduate research fellowship. Darin completed his B.S. in Biotechnology at Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2011. Throughout his years in college he has completed three internships in biotechnology ranging from food production, antibody validation and assay development. During his free time, Darin enjoys outreach work, reading and any outdoor activities.

Read Darin’s blog post here.

August 20th, 2014

#uberresearchprize ‚Äď stage 1 completed, three tweets selected by jury for stage 2!

tweetsAt the beginning of the month, alongside the ÜberResearch team, we launched a Twitter competition open to PhD students.

Why you may ask? Back in June, ÜberResearch were selected as one of the two winners of the Research Visualisation contest from the British Library, AHRC and BBSRC. We decided to pay the £2,000 prize winnings forward to a PhD, so they can be equipped with a brand-new MacBook Pro, fully stocked with a years Premium figshare account, a pro license for Readcube, and a Projects license from our sister companies.

Kicking things off on Twitter, we encouraged PhD students to tweet using the hashtag¬†#uberresearchprize¬†how they would spend ¬£10 million of science funding. More…

July 16th, 2014

#uberresearchprize ‚Äď your idea in a tweet on how to spend ¬£10m on science ‚Äď calling all PhD students ‚Äď win a Macbook Pro


Last month, our team was selected as one of two winners of the Research Visualisation contest from the British Library, AHRC and BBSRC. The competition required participants to show how the ¬£3 billion of research funding is apportioned across the UK, using visualizations. If you want to find out more on our winning submission, you can read the summary here. It is an honor for us to be selected as a winner ‚Äď but we also wanted to ‚Äúpay it forward‚ÄĚ. We wanted to think of ways to provide the prize amount back into the research community ‚Äď having a little fun together. We decided to invest the prize winnings of ¬£2000 into brand new MacBook Pro computer fully stocked with a Premium Figshare account and a Projects license for a PhD* student who wins the #uberresearchprize competition. How to enter?

The competition consists of two stages:

Stage 1 Рyour idea in 140 characters: Please tweet your idea using the hashtag #uberresearchprize.  The idea should summarize how you would best spend £10 million of science funding.  Keep your answers short and sharp (you only have a few characters!)

Here’s an example:

‚Äú#uberresearchprize On more research to improve funding transparency‚ÄĚ


Tweets must be received no later than 14th July 2014 at 1pm CET, and you can only enter once. Please make sure you follow @DigitalSci and @UberResearch on Twitter, as we will need to contact you directly.

All eligible tweets shall be considered by four-person judging panel comprising: Allan Sudlow (British Library), Timo Hannay (Digital Science), Laura Wheeler (Digital Science) and Christian Herzog (√úberResearch). The panel will select their top three entries to proceed to Stage 2.

Stage 2 – your idea in 500 words:¬†The entrants who have successfully proceeded to Stage 2 will be invited to write an original blog article of no more than 500 words, delving into their original tweet on how they would spend ¬£10 million of science funding. The blog entry must be received no later than the 31st July 2014 at 12pm BST. The judging panel will then choose a winner from the three-blog posts. The winning entry will be posted here and on the Digital Science blog, as well as winning a new Macbook Pro. The two runners up will get a Digital Science and √úberResearch swag pack, as well as a years Premium figshare account,¬†a¬†pro license for Readcube¬†and a Projects license. We‚Äôre really excited to see what you come up with ‚Äď now get tweeting!

* In order to be eligible to win the competition, you must be currently enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent, e.g. DPhil) research degree program with a university or equivalent higher education institution. The PhD may be full-time or part-time. You can read our full T&Cs here. 

June 30th, 2014

First Digital Research Report launched by Digital Science – analyzing whether there is ‘Evidence for Excellence’

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We’d like to announce that our colleagues at Digital Science have launched the first issue of the Digital Research Reports, a new quarterly series of publications about research data and analytical possibilities in a practical, applied context. You can download our first report now.

Jonathan Adams and Karen Gurney have analyzed trends regarding submitted research outputs in the last Research Assessment Exercises (RAE) in the UK. They ¬†describe, amongst other observations, that the number of papers submitted from high impact journals, like Science and Nature, is much higher than the number of eligible articles from these journals ‚Äď indicating that co-authors have also listed these articles, but have a look yourself:

Evidence for excellence: has the signal overtaken the substance? An analysis of journal articles submitted to RAE2008.

June 15th, 2014

The √úberTeam is on the move… meet us here, meet us there!

EVENTSMay and June seem to be a busy conference season – and we had to make a lot of difficult choices given that each one of us can only be in one place at a time! Here are the events where we are presenting, exhibiting, sponsoring or participating. If you are interested in meeting Ashlea, Steve, Mario, Christian or Giles from our team please drop us a line with the event name at info@uberresearch.com, and we will be in touch to arrange the details. And here we go…

More information on the 8 events where you can meet the √úberResearch team in May and June…

May 12th, 2014

√úberResearch has won the Research Visualization contest from the British Library, AHRC and BBSRC

Visual Funding PortfoliosWe are proud to have been selected as one of the two winners of the Research Visualisation contest which asking the participants to show how the £3 billion of funding are apportioned across the UK. Our contribution is the result of our efforts to build an information decision support tool for science funders, with several visualization, that allow funders to make the most informed decisions on funding strategy, based on an analysis of both their data and on a shared award database covering the award data from funders around the globe. You can access the full submission here.


May 1st, 2014

Research Classification and Research Institutions: a free webinar ‚Äď registration now open

In response to demand after the funder-focused webinar series, √úberResearch and CASRAI are pleased to announce a webinar for research-performing organizations (universities, colleges, teaching hospitals, etc.) on Research Classification.

Date and Time:¬†Thursday, April 29, 2014, 11:00 am ‚Äď 12:00 pm¬†(ET North American time)
Register here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/179965582

CASRAI webinars are free of charge and registration is required.

Call for areas of focus
What are your priorities? The intent is to be an audience-driven session. To make the most of it, please send questions, comments, or discussion points of interest before the webinar to info@casrai.org or ashlea@uberresearch.com, and we will adapt the content to your priorities. As desired, we can anonymize the questions/comments. The priorities could be related to a general question on classifying research, or about a specific project at your institution.

Research classification and research institutions
How do our research portfolios compare to our peers, globally? A global view of funding trends, mapped to our institution? How can we better plan research-related investments?  Compare ourselves to peers and the global community? Follow reporting requirements? Reduce administrative burden? Better understand our expertise, communicate our message? Identify strategic opportunities, with collaborators and funders? Align with funder portfolios?

These and many other questions often intersect with the need for research classification. Classifying both conducted and ongoing research is of high relevance for institution planning and analysis, and today it is approached in many different ways ‚Äď from manual ‚Äėstamping‚Äô to highly sophisticated automatic approaches leveraging natural language processing and other technologies. The session will provide an overview on different systems and use cases for research institutions, and on possible improvements to current approaches based on the experience of the √úberResearch team ‚Äď as input for a collaborative discussion.


  • Overview of classification approaches
  • Qualities of an ideal classification system
  • An example practical approach
  • Discussion and Q&A
April 4th, 2014

Presentations from two Research Classification webinar sessions done with CASRAI

Interested in comparing research portfolios, across institutions and globally? Categorizing grants and publications? Planning investments for your funding or research institution? Coordinating for gaps and overlap in science? We opened the new CASRAI  ReConnect Webinar series with two sessions on Research Classification. While only introductory, the content covers key ideas to reduce coding burden and bring the power of research classification to your institution.

Presentation – first webinar:

Presentation – second webinar:

We have much more to share, including a solution that will implement these concepts today for your institution, using global data combined with open source and off-the-shelf technologies. If you are interested in learning more Рplease get in touch with us here ro email us at info@uberresearch.com.


March 27th, 2014

√úberWizard for ORCID launched ‚Äď supporting researchers in adding grants from various funders to their ORCID records with a free and open tool


ORCID has just released a new feature which allows researchers to add grants to their ORCID record ‚Äď and at √úberResearch we have been working closely with the ORCID team over the past weeks to simultaneously launch our √úberWizard for ORCID.¬†With the √úberWizard for ORCID, researchers add their grants from multiple funders in one ‚Äėtwo click‚Äô step. Over 1.2 million grants are available, from more than 60 funders worldwide and growing, representing more than $600bn of historical funding ‚Äď and we are adding more funders on a monthly basis.

√úberWizard for researchers- add grants in 3 seconds to your ORCID record
Just login into ORCID, authorize the √úberWizard, and select your grants to instantly add them in to your ORCID record.


Screenshot ORCID Wizard

How can funders benefit from the free and open √úberWizard?
By linking their publicly available award data to the √úberWizard, funders make their grants available for their grantees and to be added to ORCID. The funder does not have to invest in the development and maintenance of their own integrations and wizard. √úberResearch provides this open service as a free service to support ORCID adoption amongst researchers and funders.

If you are interested in learning more and in adding your data please reach out of the √úberResearch team here.

The ÜberWizard is available now in the ORCID Registry or directly from our website here.

From the announcement (pdf here):

Laure Haak (ORCID Executive Director) on the √úberWizard: ‚ÄúORCID‚Äôs mission is to facilitate and automate connections between researchers and their professional contributions. From works, to other identifiers, affiliations, and now funding data, we continue to work with the community to realize that vision. We are excited to be collaborating with the team at √úberResearch to provide researchers with tools to link their ORCID record with their funding data reliably and with minimal effort.‚ÄĚ Full ORCID blog post on the release of the funding functionality and the √úberWizard.

Christian Herzog, √úberResearch: ‚ÄúWe want to make the addition of funding information into ORCID as easy as possible. We are delighted to contribute an interface for ORCID users to access our grants database and software environment. We have integrated and standardized data from over 60 of the largest US and European funders, and we are adding new funders each month. We believe the UberWizard will be the easiest ORCID grants tool for funders and for ORCID users, and beneficial for both. Researchers can add all their grants in one step ‚Äď saving time, supporting ORCID adoption, and saving funders the effort of building their own integrations.‚ÄĚ

March 3rd, 2014

√úberResearch presents a series of webinars on research classification with CASRAI

Classifying both conducted and ongoing research is of high relevance for the planning and outcome analysis of the performance ¬†of research organizations, national research systems and the global science efforts in general. How it is done is approached in many different ways – from manual ‘stamping’ to highly sophisticated automatic approaches leveraging natural language processing and other technologies. The webinars will provide an overview on different systems and use cases for the funders, research institutions and policy makers and on possible improvements to the approaches based on the experience of the √úberResearch team – as input for a joint discussion.

√úberResearch and CASRAI are co-hosting two webinars as the first of a CASRAI Reconnect webinar series, virtually extending the annual ReConnect event.

Webinar 1: Research Classification Approaches: Stamping or Understanding?
Time: March 11, 2014, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (ET North American time)

  • Provide an overview of the landscape and an example of a practical and sustainable classification method
  • Overview of classification approaches
  • Qualities of an ideal classification system
  • An example a practical approach

Register for webinar 1 here:

Webinar 2: Research Classification: How to Minimize Stamping and the Analytical Possibilities
Time: March 18, 2014, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (ET North American time)

  • Concrete examples of how to achieve classification goals for selected use cases, and the analytical possibilities
  • Constraints and strengths of semantic classification
  • Example of applying a current system used by another funder
  • Creating your own views, and the immediate analytical possibilities

Register for webinar 2 here:

We are looking forward to a lively exchange of experiences and ideas – if you have any question in advance please contact us here.

February 27th, 2014

UberResearch joins CASRAI

logo-1We are excited to announce that we have recently joined CASRAI, a nonprofit, community-driven initiative to advance open data standards for research administration interoperability. √úberResearch will bring the perspectives and interests of funding organizations and their specific needs in the area of data standards and research classifications into the working groups and CASRAI initiatives.
‚ÄúWe are excited to share our expertise in data and processes of the funding, research, and publishing lifecycles,‚ÄĚ says Ashlea Higgs, one of the √úberResearch Co-founders. ‚ÄúThroughout our team‚Äôs service to institutions globally over the last 10 years, we have advocated for standards and data-centric approaches, for the benefit of the entire science community. We share CASRAI‚Äôs vision and look forward to helping drive the adoption of standards with our CASRAI colleagues. CASRAI is the next step in our commitment to standardization, and follows our membership in related interoperability initiatives like CrossRef and ORCID,‚ÄĚ adds Higgs.

ÜberResearch will be presenting at the CASRAI Reconnect14 in Rome on the topic of  analytical possibilities for data-centric funding agencies.

February 1st, 2014

APE 2014 in Berlin on Jan 28: √úberResearch has been invited to talk about research funding and Big Data

APE√úberResearch‚Äôs Christian Herzog has been invited to speak about science funding and how ‘Big Data‚Äô is or should be leveraged in the science funding process at the conference ‚ÄėAcademic Publishing in Europe 9‘. Making decisions about what to fund and how to analyse and compare portfolios of multiple funders is one of the key focus areas of √úberResearch – and these difficult and impactful decisions for all of us deserve the best (big) data support as possible. We are looking forward to interesting discussions – here is more information on the session:

Session: Big Data: Researchers’ Perspectives on Hype, Challenges, Opportunities and Imperatives
Chair: Jon Treadway, Senior Analyst, Science & Scholarly,Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, London

“Big data” has become a buzz phrase in fields from policy-making to advertising. Sharing, creation and analysis of data has the potential to transform the scientific record and further research, but grappling with “Big Data” is complex and challenging.

Invited Speakers:
Big Data and International Scientific Collaboration: Challenges and Opportunities
Dr. Simon Hodson, Executive Director CODATA (ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology), Paris (accepted provisionally)

Publishing Large BioImage Datasets with Bio-Formats and OMERO: A Report from the Real World
Dr. Jason Swedlow, Professor of Quantitative Cell Biology, University of Dundee and President, Glencoe Software (confirmed)

Science Funding and Science Policy: Big Data as a Tool for Supporting the Research Funding Process
Christian Herzog, Managing Director ÜberResearch GmbH, Köln


January 21st, 2014

√úberResearch expands North American Offices – U.S. Subsidiary fully operational

uberresearch_logo_more_perspectives_better_decisions As of January 1st, the new √úberResearch subsidiary in the US is fully operational to support ¬†the¬†company’s North American government and private funding clients. ¬†This announcement comes after the recent news of an investment from Digital Science, a Macmillan Science & Education business, to accelerate the development of United States and UK based staffing.¬†With offices and team members now in place throughout Europe and North America, the company expansion will help support their market of Research Funding organizations and the broader Research community.

“With half of our founding staff, and at least half of our client presence in North America, this is just the next logical step,” said Stephen Leicht, Managing Director and co-founder of √úberResearch. ¬†“We are reacting to the steady increase in interest in North America.¬† Our goal is to have the right structures and resources in place to manage our sales and support growth in the coming months and years. We also hope to finalize a relationship with one of the related state agencies on a headquarters location for the US business and support staff in the upcoming months.”

The full release can be found here.


January 2nd, 2014

√úberResearch beta for Funders released – supporting science investment decisions!

uberNews4_Benchmarking_RCDC_kleinWe are excited  to announce the release of the beta version of the ÜberResearch solution for funders! The beta release is available to our development partners and customers as of now and has been shaped by working together with our currently 18 development partners from the research funding community. The release provides a wide range of functionalities from search, portfolio analysis, reviewer identification, benchmarking, overlap and duplication check, and early tools to track research impact.

The √úberResearch team has built in the past similar solutions for some of the largest global funding organizations – in large custom projects. The experience from these implementations and the first hand experience and input from the development partners has enabled us to build the first release of an easy to use, standardized and cloud based solution which we can deliver at an attractive and affordable price point – even for small targeted funders.

The √úberResearch solution has been built to solve the challenges with the following use cases for our customers:

  • Portfolio analysis and reporting: to be able to determine easily what has been funded in a certain area of science – based on an analysis of the grant documents¬†
  • Eliminating the need for coding and tagging of grants by providing a flexible systems which analyses the text within the document and assigns codes and classifications automatically
  • Overlap analysis to avoid double funding – both within the customer’s portfolio and a global awards database
  • Supporting the reviewer identification by automatically suggesting best matching reviewers also taking conflicts of interest into account
  • Metrics and analytical capabilities to compare the own portfolio with other funders

The core functionalities of the current release will broadened with the coming releases until the final release within the first half of 2014.

If you or our organization is interested in learning more, getting access to the current release or becoming a development partner  contact us via this form.

The full press release on the beta release can be found here.



December 19th, 2013

Giles Radford and Juan de Or√Ļs Pi√Īeiro are joining the √úberResearch team!

We are very pleased that Giles Radford, who worked more than 20 years at the Wellcome Trust, has joined the √úberResearch team, focusing as a Senior Consultant on product development, implementation and pre- and post sales support. Giles re-joins the team having previously worked with most of the √úberResearch team since 2007 whilst at Elsevier and Collexis.

Juan joins Mario‚Äôs team as a senior developer focusing on our application development in Python adding a lot of expertise and bandwidth to the technical team. He has been working as a software developer in companies of different sizes from Philips to technology start ups ‚Äď we are also excited to have been able to win him for our team! Juan comes from Barcelona and lives since 2008 in Berlin.

December 4th, 2013

RCUK Gateway to Research Hack event on Nov 22-23 2013 ‚Äď or how to keep an √úberResearch developer happy

RCUK_logoThe √úberResearch development team has worked nearly around the clock during the past month on the first beta release of the √úberResearch solution, on schedule for the end of November. The RCUK Gateway to Research Hack event last weekend was a good opportunity for Marius, a member of the √úberResearch team, to get out of product coding mode and (again) into creative coding.

Along with representatives from Academia and SMEs, about 20 hackers gathered to create and implement ideas to help the RCUK Gateway to Research Portal fulfill future user needs. Many of the projects were around subject matter expertise information.

Marius’ project was a solution to automatically match data on a scientist in GtR with ORCID data. The automated high confidence matching with ORCID profiles uses fuzzy logic, and the matching is also of immediate use for the ÜberResearch solution for funders, where the identification of ORCID profiles for existing grantees is key.

Marius summarized the weekend: ‚ÄúGreat location and hosts, great and very smart participants, coding to solve real challenges connected to science, a lot of fun, coke and great food.‚ÄĚ So much fun that he missed his flight back and was forced to stay another day.

Thanks to the Gateway to Research team for the event and cooperation!

November 28th, 2013

Digital Science Invests in √úberResearch

DigitalScienceLogoEarlier this week, the team at Digital Science, a part of Macmillan Science & Education, announced their investment in ÜberResearch.  This investment will help to accelerate the development of our solutions for funding organizations and expand our US and UK teams.

In particular, ÜberResearch is nearing the first Beta release for research funders with 10 development partners already participating.  This solution will help find grants and publications in a more comprehensive global database, identify and find the best reviewers for new applications, classify and report on research to key stakeholders, and measure and monitor the impact of funded research.  The environment will reduce the duplication of research and make administrative processes easier and more consistent.

On a professional level, our team is most excited because this investment puts us into a family of incredible entrepreneurs and research pioneers under the Digital Science umbrella.  It also gives us a gateway to our sister business units across the Macmillan family of companies and Nature Publishing Group.  We are thrilled to be working in such a unique environment, and we look forward to bringing the Digital Science resources to help our clients and partners who fund and manage research.

A copy of the press release can be found here. If you are interested in receiving our regular newsletter please register here.

November 5th, 2013

√úberResearch Joins CrossRef

ÜberResearch is excited to announce that we have recently joined CrossRef, a publishers’ organization that enables online publications to link to each other.
FundRef_logo_300Our team is particularly excited about working with CrossRef’s FundRef initiative to help funding organizations and non-profits find linkages between grants and publications.  This linkage helps funding organizations better determine how their research dollars have impacted current research.  It also combines with the ÜberResearch solution to help funders make better informed decisions on future funding.

November 5th, 2013

Meet us at the TAG Conference 2013, Nov 11-14 in Austin, Texas

AustinSkylineLouNeffPoint_TAG_Logo¬†TAG 2013 Annual Conference – promoting technology in philantropy: √úberResearch will be attending this years annual conference of¬†Technology Affinity Group¬†in Austin, Texas. We are looking forward to reconnect to funders and partners providing software solutions for (science) funding organizations and a lot of discussions how to use ‚Äėsmall and big data‚Äô to ensure the optimal use of budgets making the right decisions! As usual if you want to arrange a meeting please contact us (Steve Leicht at¬†steve(at)uberresearch.com).

October 27th, 2013

√úberResearch is hiring – Senior Python Developer wanted!

python-logo-master-v3-TMAt √úberResearch, we are looking for a strong Python engineer and are offering a place in an experienced and well skilled team, a clear vision of the technological and engineering excellence we are aiming for, and the exciting setting of an agile start up working on both sides of the pond.

More information

October 14th, 2013

√úberResearch at the CASRAI Reconnect 2013 conference in (Oct 16-18 in Ottawa)

CASRAI Reconnect 2013One of our co-founders, Ashlea Higgs, will be attending the CASRAI conference in Ottawa later this month. Our team is particularly interested in two of the conference themes – “Reconnect Big Data” and “Reconnect the Machine”. These tracks are looking at data analysis and the interaction of research system stakeholders. These interactions, like the intersection of research funders and research investigators, are exactly what √úberResearch is about: leveraging large data sets to make better decisions. Please contact Ashlea if you want to learn more about √úberResearch at higgs(at)uberresearch.com or meet during the conference!

September 30th, 2013

√úberResearch is hiring: Interested in a multi-faceted role? Senior Sales Consultant wanted!

If you are interested in a multifaceted role which combines responsibility in the area product management, customer engagement and sales with implementation and consulting services – this is an opportunity for you. We are looking for a Senior Sales Consultant with 10+ Years of Non-Profit or Foundational experience that can demonstrate a history of client management, project management, and product management excellence. If this is you, you will find additional information at NatureJobs or contact us directly at jobs(at)uberresearch.com. We are looking forward to getting in touch with you!

September 16th, 2013

√úberResearch will be at the Atlanta Conference On Science and Innovation Policy 2013!

Altanta_LogoÜberResearch will be at the Atlanta Conference On Science and Innovation Policy 2013! From our team, Ashlea and Steve are attending the Atlanta Conference 2013.  They are looking forward to a brisk discourse on science and innovation policy! If you want to meet for a side conversation or after conference hours just drop us a note at ashlea(at)uberresearch.com and steve(at)uberresearch.com.

August 30th, 2013

√úberResearch joins ORCID

ORCID_Member_Web 50The ÜberTeam is pleased to announce that ÜberResearch has joined the ORCID initiative.  We believe this is an important initiative for our industry and for the larger value of scientific data accuracy.  In our interactions with researchers, academic centers, government agencies and private funders, it is clear that name ambiguity and inconsistent datasets are making it hard to identify scientific output of specific researchers. Many times, it is difficult and tedious even for the researcher herself/himself. With ORCID, the researcher has been put into the driver seat to associate their data with a unique ORCID ID and decide what to share with trusted parties Рboth to save the researcher work, but also to help others.

ÜberResearch plans to help and encourage our clients to implement ORCID IDs into their workflow.  We will also encourage and support individual researchers in setting up their record, and we will leverage ORCID identifiers in the ÜberResearch solution for science funders.


ORCiD is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCiD is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors, and national boundaries and its cooperation with other identifier systems. Find out more on their website.

August 29th, 2013