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Digital Science and Symplectic have launched Symplectic Dimensions, a new web-based visualisation tool that enables academic research institutions to explore, analyse and understand the research funding landscape.

Dimensions has been developed as a joint collaboration between the two companies with the aim to make the landscape of research funding accessible and transparent.

According to the companies, academics and universities need to collaborate internationally to attract funding and the ability to understand an institution’s strengths and discover potential collaborators has become of paramount strategic importance. Dimensions is said to tackle this need directly by providing 'innovative, easy-to-understand' visualisations of current funding trends and collaborations in an easily-digestible format. This allows universities to make data-driven decisions to uncover institutional strengths, contextualise particular grants, determine strategic direction, gain information for succession planning or even identify rising stars within an academic institution’s research staff.

Dimensions incorporates data from the major government funders in the UK, Australia and the USA. Advanced mapping allows institutions to view the global funding landscape and identify trends and patterns in the data to navigate funding in an intuitive way. This helps maximise the chance of a successful grant application by allowing universities to determine the best partners for their research.