Matching Service

What happens when someone is referred to the Matching Service?

When an applicant is referred to the Matching Service, a Partnership Acceleration Liaison (PAL) will work with the applicant to understand the needs of project and team, and to identify and propose suitable research partners. Once the applicant has approved a research partner, the PAL will facilitate initial correspondence and help establish the match. After being matched, referred applicants meet (virtually or in person) with their research partner(s) on a mutually agreeable schedule to discuss the project.

How do I request participation in Matching Services?

Applicants who wish to be matched with a research partner first need to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). You may indicate your interest in being referred to the Matching Service by checking the box in the Project Information Questions section of the application. Those who meet the criteria will be invited to participate in Matching Services at the LOI review stage of the application process. Note that requesting the Matching Service does not result in automatic referral.

What are the goals of the Matching Service?

Our goals are that referred applicants are paired with appropriate researchers and form productive, long-lasting partnerships. These partners may work toward a submission of a new application to E4A for funding, but they may also pursue alternative funding or work on other projects together, such as development of plans for baseline data collection; design of a pilot or demonstration project; or development of a full research plan to be implemented.