Website helps match R&D projects, schools

Matching research and development projects with university-based researchers can be challenging and time consuming if a company doesn’t have close ties with a local university or college. Another way is a recently created site that’s still seeking participants free of charge. “FreeRandD.
By Staff February 1, 2007

Matching research and development projects with university-based researchers can be challenging and time consuming if a company doesn’t have close ties with a local university or college.

Another way is a recently created site that’s still seeking participants free of charge. “FreeRandD.com launched in October 2006 and has tried to spread the word to about 350 universities, government agencies, business development centers and media,” said co-founder Gerald B. Zerfas of FreeRandD.com.

More than 2,000 universities, especially engineering schools, want undergraduate and graduate students to do a final year project, working with a business on a new idea or process, the site says. FreeRandD.com allows businesses to select from interested students. Teams and students gain valuable experience and connections.

Creators Zerfas and Howard A. Wright seek input, advice and participants. They’ve already answered many frequently asked questions on their site, based in Grand Rapids, MI.