We created Science Exchange after experiencing firsthand the challenges of efficiently accessing scientific expertise and establishing scientific collaborations. Our goal is to make it easy for researchers to access experimental specialists by bringing together thousands of scientific service providers at one convenient site, Science Exchange.
For researchers, we wanted to make it easy to access experimental services by providing an easy way to search for an experiment type, view and compare providers, and choose a provider to work with. This allows researchers to easily identify the best prices and turnaround times for experimental services, allowing more efficient use of grant money and research time. Science Exchange manages the entire process, providing project management tools such as large data file transfer and an easy payment solution (Science Exchange is an approved vendor within institutional eProcurement systems).
For core facilities and commercial suppliers who provide experimental services, we wanted to streamline the process of working with researchers. We provide a free, easy-to-use facility page listing the experimental services they offer, and automatically notify them when relevant projects are posted. We make it easy to work with internal and external researchers with project management tools, compliance assistance and guaranteed payment within 30 days of experimental completion. Science Exchange is free for providers, with over 1,000 providers from across the globe already offering over 500 experimental services. Researchers requesting services are charged a nominal one-time fee (less than 5%) per transaction at the time of purchase. This is added automatically to the provider’s estimate and is the price the researcher sees. Our pricing is entirely transparent, there are no hidden costs or fees.
The Science Exchange team is committed to our mission: Improving the efficiency of scientific research by making it easy for researchers to access the global network of scientific resources and expertise, fostering collaboration across academic, commercial, and university institutions. We’re excited to use this blog to share interesting stories related to our mission of improving the efficiency of scientific research. Various members of the Science Exchange team will be posting and we’ll also frequent guest posts – we welcome suggestions for stories at [email protected].
-the Science Exchange Team