About RIC-KI

Connect and collaborate

One of the most effective ways to advance science is to do it collectively, by working together and sharing research ideas across organisations and communities. RIC-KI connects researchers and scientists across the world for open collaboration by providing an environment that motivates and develops the relationships that more readily allow scientists to collaborate.

“When people are connected in research, much more can be achieved. It is more important than ever before that researchers across health and social care work collaboratively to tackle the ever-changing challenges for patients and the public.”

Professor Lucy Chappell, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Chief Executive Officer for the National Institute for Health Research

Scientists across the world have many excellent research ideas, but it is not possible to pursue and develop all these ideas alone and so some research ideas do not come to fruition due to a lack of time, or perhaps they lack the necessary expertise. RIC-KI is focused on a willingness to openly share research ideas and collaborate with likeminded researchers by actively connecting and inviting them into each other’s endeavours.

RIC-KI inspires researchers to think creatively about developing their best ideas together, for mutual benefit, greater gain and output. This approach offers significant benefits by creating research opportunities that would not otherwise occur, enabling research to go further and faster.

How does RIC-KI work?

The RIC-KI website details a range of topical, innovative and ‘best’ research ideas that Idea Inventors wish to share with the worldwide scientific community as potential collaborative research projects. Idea Inventors list their Idea and how they wish to collaborate. Potential research collaborators then complete the online expression of interest form and the RIC-KI support team connect both parties.

Currently RIC-KI can only include research ideas related to: physical activity, weight management and dietary behaviours, health and wellbeing, and sport. RIC-KI may be expanded to include other topics in due course.

RIC-KI is hosted by Loughborough University, UK. Please refer to our FAQs and terms and conditions for further details and conditions of use.

Our partners

We are delighted to launch the RIC-KI platform with Ideas from researchers at a range of institutions, including:

  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Loughborough University
  • Northumbria University
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • Swansea University

We are pleased to announce that the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) supports RIC-KI.

The RIC-KI team

RIC-KI is led by Professor Amanda Daley, Professor of Behavioural Medicine and Director of the Centre for Lifestyle Medicine and Behaviour in the School of Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University.

Amanda is supported by Julie Isherwood and Gemma Ladley who manage the day-to-day running and promotion of the platform and process ideas and expressions of interest.

Start collaborating

Browse our Idea catalogues to find an Idea you’d like to collaborate on:

If you have an idea you would like to share, please complete our online form.