RESOURCES: Let's Make a Deal

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Science  22 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5559, pp. 1431
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5559.1431b

Industrious, bright, creative immunologist with jaw-dropping cancer vaccine discovery seeks generous, patient, well-off partner for possible long-term relationship. Must like rodents, late nights in the lab.

Fortunately, scientists don't have to resort to personal ads to find money for their pet projects. Instead, they can post an alluring description of their work at Technology Marketplace, a site sponsored by the European Commission that helps researchers find support for their bright ideas. The goal is to attract companies, venture capitalists, and other potential backers who can underwrite further research and development, marketing, or manufacturing, or just share information. So far, the site boasts 95 practical projects in biology, medicine, energy, the environment, telecommunications, and industrial technology. Some of the novel proposals that need sponsors include a method of generating energy from the carcasses of animals with mad cow disease, a test for detecting Salmonella-infected animals, and designs for more streamlined helicopter fuselages. Unlike the personal ads, posting a project is free, and you won't have to supply a snapshot or identify your least favorite vegetable.

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