Search Terms

When searching for technical and complex information, being too generic does not help your chances of finding what you are looking for.

Mastering filtering options will allow you to dramatically cut down research time from days to minutes so you can focus on what is really important: your work.

Search Terms allow you to include or exclude keywords from your query. They help you navigate the topic and remain only with the information that is relevant.

How to Use the Search Terms

Find the Search Terms fixed on the left of the page, throughout all pages (except for Company Profile pages). They allow you to dig deep in a topic by filtering keywords.

1. Search Boxes

You can use search operators and other punctuation to get more specific search results.

1.1. Search Operators

We want to make our website accessible to everyone, so we have developed an interface to help people without experience in scientific search engines perform complex queries.

OR Operator

Any keyword typed within the same query box is interpreted as an OR operator. This means that our discovery engine will show you all the references & organizations that contain the keyword 1 OR the keyword 2 (a bigger number of references).

AND Operator

Any keyword typed in a different query box is interpreted as an AND operator. This means that our discovery engine will show you all the references & organizations that contain the keyword 1 AND the keyword 2 (a smaller number of references).

You can use as many and operators as you like, just type them in new search boxes. New ones will appear as you fill them.

For really making the most of the platform and dramatically decrease your research time, combine the use of AND & OR operators. Make your query as niche as possible and the discovery engine will return only relevant information & insights.
1.2. Punctuation

Except for the examples below, Linknovate's Discovery Engine ignores punctuation.

(-) DASH

When you use a dash before a keyword, it excludes references with that information from your results. This is useful for words with multiple meanings, for excluding topics that you already know or that you are not interested in.

(...) QUOTES

When you type a keyword in quotes, the results will only include references with the same words in the same order as the ones between the quotes (and without any word between them). Use this if you're looking for an exact match of words.

2. Suggested Terms

The Foam Tree is right below the search boxes and is generated on-the-fly as you add new keywords and filters. It shows the most common keywords within the topic you are researching.

The bigger the size of the cluster, the higher the number of references that contain the keyword.

When clicking in any of the clusters, the keyword is added into a new search box (as an AND operator). And the discovery engine will update the results that meet all the criteria you have specified.

Search Filters

We aggregate hundreds of data sources, and millions of references are indexed and weekly updated. When searching, it is likely that, even for niche topics, you will get hundreds to thousands of results, hence the need for advanced filtering.

How to Use the Search Filters

Find them fixed on the left of the page, throughout all pages (except for Company Profile pages). They are pretty straight-forward, and will help you cut down hours of search time.

Source Type Filter

Our data comes both from academia and industry.

Often, academic data sources (grants, scientific publications, conference proceedings) mean early stages of development. While industrial sources (patents, trademarks, news, corporate webs) tend to provide closer to market developments and products. At Linknovate you will find both data source types.

Data sources we aggregate:

  • Academic:
    • Conferences
    • Publications
  • Industrial:
    • Patents
    • Trademarks
    • Web Monitoring
  • Mixed:
    • Grants
    • News

Organization Type Filter

You can filter by type of organization:

  • Private Companies: Corporations, Small Companies (SMEs & Startups).
  • Public Organizations: Universities, Research Institutes.

Time Filter

Timeline to allow for selection of periods of time, from 2010 to present.

While maintaining the mouse on the year bar, you will see the number of records published that year.

Organization Location Filter

Are you looking for companies or universities at a specific location? Select or add (separated by commas) the country(s) you are interested in for viewing geolocation-data only.

Grants Filter

When looking for grant awardees, or grant records:

Grant Money
Filter by the amount of public funding assigned for the project.
Grant Origin
Filter by the institution that awarded the Grant, be it European (CORDIS), American (NSF, SBIR/STTR program, DOD, DOE), or National (includes UK and Holland, more to come).

My Feed

If you want to keep a close eye on a given topic, you can Follow a Query and get personalized updates straight to your inbox, whenever there is something new and relevant to the topic.

You can Follow a Topic by adding it to your Saved Searches. Just click on the top-right green button Follow query to get updates, and we will handle the notifications.

Likewise, when conducting Competitors' Research, you can follow a Company or Organization and get notifications whenever there is new activity. Just go to the entity's profile page and add it to your saved searches by clicking in the top-right green button Follow query to get updates.

You can check any time the queries you have followed by clicking in the top section Saved Searches. There you will find different cards with all the queries and companies you have saved.

In the same way, you can check the My Feed section to directly access all the records related to the queries you have previously saved. It is in the top of the page, next to the Saved Searches section. You will find the documents ordered by the date we added them to our database, from the most to the least recent.


Data Analytics is the name we give to the cool graphs and charts you can check in the tab with the same name in the results page.

  • They are generated in real-time for any query.
  • You can export any of these graphs.
  • Automatically updated when you apply filters.
  • Steps
    Click on Search for any query of your interest > Go to Data Analytics tab > Click on the graphs > Download.

Technology Closeness to Market

Generated by analysising the data sources contribution to activity in the topic, and by type of organizations active in the topic.

Technology Trends Inside the Topic of Interest

Generated by analysing the top 1,000 documents using clustering techniques.

Note: Please keep in mind these trend-graph has not necessarily the same shape as the timeline, which you can check in the search filters (on the left margin), and is based on ALL references. In the biometric sensors example below, the timeline looks pretty similar:

Distribution of Activity per Organization-Type and Over Time.

These graphs are very useful to understand how close to market a topic or technology are. In the left side, we can see the graphs for our example query biometric sensors. In the right side the query for a more academic (or further-to-market) topic, such as graphene sensors.

Closeness to Market.

It is a qualitative graph which helps the user understand how active is the industry versus academia, and viceversa. When benchmarking it with other queries such as graphene sensors (right), one can see how industrial have biometric sensors(left) as a topic became versus the other niche, still taking off in academic circles, and increasingly in small medium enterprises.

Country Activity Breakdown.

Country distribution is an useful indicator, specially when unexpected countries pop up in the top 5 and top 10. It is also usually relevant to check the first European nation in the chart, and whether USA and China posses the first and second seed they usually have.

Public Funding Breakdown. provides data on EU European Commission (FP7, H2020), USA (SBIR/STTR, NSF, NASA, DOE) and UK (RCUK) grant programs for public and private funding.

Note: Linknovate provides private funding data (VC deals) and deep patenting activity analysis in our personalized services (per project). Feel free to contact us to enquiry.

Social Graph.

Check the central nodes, or a node in particular to see their collaborations.

Social graph for the most central node, Microsoft.

Social graph for a hardware-based company, 3M. Partners include mostly other companies, and not as central, when compared to Microsoft. Interestingly, in this topic neither of them have strong ties with universities, except from one collaboration Microsoft-Michigan State Univ

Note: You can check an entity profile for further details on a list of collaborations and its data breakdown.

Keyword Breakdown.

The table shows the most important author-annotated keywords and software-extracted keywords in the documents for each of the years in the timeline (2010-present)

In the example below, for biometric sensors, we can observe that fingerprint biometric sensors have attracted most of the attention, even in recent days. This is consistent with new product releases by tech giants. Other keywords indicate the importance of security and authentication, and encryption methods relating to the topic. In no doubts, it points at its main application of development from 2010 to 2016. It is also a highlight to see biosensor as a top10 keyword for several years in a row.

In the graphene sensors example below, we can easily observe, on the contrary, that gas detectors have consistently show as a widely used keyword. Nevertheless, just by looking at 2017 data, one can see that almost all the keywords relate to wearables and smart fabrics.

Note 1: Do not forget you can generate a report with most of these graphs automatically exported into a perfectly casted powerpoint presentation, it takes 1min. Check Generate Report feature.

Note 2: Linknovate provides further in-depth reporting capabilities to our enterprise clients and to new clients on a project basis. Private funding data (VC deals), deep patenting activity analysis and competitor tracking are provided under our personalized services. Feel free to contact us to enquiry:


Collaboration Analysis

Linknovate wants to help you with your Competitor Research. We dramatically reduce your research time (through tons of websites and never-ending excel spreadsheets) by providing you with easy to use tools that allow you to know with whom and how an organization is collaborating with another.

We put within your reach different graphs and visualizations that will allow you to tear down your competitor's strategies at a glance in a direct, easy way to understand. Simply make a search and head straight for our tools.

Organization Social Graph

After making a search, go to the Data Analytics tab and scroll down until you find the Organization Social Graph. It will show you all the collaborations between the organizations that match your search.

This graph works best in niche topics, where there is not a high number of entities. However, you can isolate the organizations by using the search bar or clicking on the organization logo. The graph will only show the related information.

Hover your mouse over one line to know how many records two organizations have in common and regarding which topics. This is especially useful if you are interested in knowing which fields your competition is innovating.

Collaboration's Table

Go to the profile of the organization you are interested in and click on the Collaboration tab. There you will find the Collaboration's Table, which shows a list of organizations that are collaborating with your competitor, and in which topics. The list is sorted by defect by the number of documents they have in common but you can sort it by another criterion such as the type of organization, the organization's name, or even fields of research.

If you want to locate some specific organization in table, you can use the search box in order to go directly to it.

If you click on any of the entities listed, you will be redirected to their profile page. Besides, if you click on the number of documents, you will see all the documents both entities have in collaboration.

Social Map

One more way of knowing your competitor's collaboration strategy is using the Social Map we provide. You will find it within the Entity's Profile top menu, in the Social Map tab.

This is a great way of knowing whether your competitor’s strategy is focused in a specific geographical area or if they are betting internationally.

For each organization your competitor is collaborating with, the social map shows you the number of works they have in common and any other companies that may be associated.

Competitor Analysis

Linknovate's approach to Competitor Research represents a paradigm shift and provides superior analysis tools. Our tool is able to compare entities' performance, not only within an specific industry or technology, but also taking into account cross industries.

Linknovate is capable of generating graphs dynamically using all the information you are interested in (that you have previously filtered), aggregating it and showing it in a visual, easy-to-understand way.

Go to an entity's profile > Click on Data Insights tab > Scroll down > Find the Comparison section.

When you do a search within an entity profile, Linknovate generates both below visualizations by default, using the search parameters. In the example, we show the graphs automatically generated for an Artificial Intelligence query within Microsoft's entity profile.

From here on, you can add new topics (keywords) or entities using the search box provided. You will dynamically add them to both graphs; an easy, quick way of creating the graphs you need for your analysis.

The Affiliation Comparison by Topics graph represents, in a visual way, the entities' performance since 2010 for the topics you are searching and based on their number of works.

Hover over the circles to know the number of documents that an entity has issued. Click on the colored bar next to the entity's name in order to show it or hide it in the graph.

The Topic Evolution Comparison graph represents the evolution of an entity's work on a given topic. It shows the number of records issued per year, making it easy to figure out their strategy regarding a specific topic.

Click on the colored bar next to the entity's name in order to show it or hide it in the graph

As for comparing different topic's evolutions, it is the same process than comparing entities. The platform generates a new graph, above the previous one, that shows the topic's evolution of the entities you want to compare.


Find a Partner is probably our most successful feature and, at the same time, the most complex one. As of 10/2017 we have automated a great deal of this process to streamline it for you. Think of it as Mail Merge for Partner Search.

Click on Connect Experts > Find a Partner > Provide some basic details on your topic of interest (following the form provided) > Submit.

Note: Ask Experts Anything (AEA), also in the tab Connect Experts is a reduced version of Find a Partner. AEA allows you to launch a fast call with a specific question to be responded by 2-3 experts.

Find a Partner provides the capability to identify and contact (typically) >500 experts from both companies and research centers, in your domain or topic of interest. You can be as specific as you need to, in fact, being specific allows us to best tailor the identification and contacting phase to bring back responses from the most relevant professionals.

Find a Partner is a semi-automated way to contact relevant experts at scale, and collecting responses from typically 50-90 experts (with typically >15-20% response rate) in less than 4 weeks.

This means unique non-public insights (which are often impossible to find in published or open data) such as:

  1. Level of maturity of their technology.
    Following the Tech Readiness Level scale (TRL scale)
  2. Specific answers to client questions.
    e.g. How integrable the tech is in a wearable sensor / Does your technique involve the use of ultrasounds, etc.
  3. Willingness to collaborate.
    We often get responses from top organizations (NASA, MIT, Cambridge Univ, ETH Zurich, Stanford Uni.), hot startups and companies.
    One important pre-screening factor is to know how they would be willing to collaborate with you: joint tech development, open to investments, open only to become a supplier, open to a research collaboration or sponsorship, etc.
  4. Other companies and research groups that they would recommend.
    This means referential information, which is very insightful. Specially when several experts refer to a particular small company or group.


We created Ask Experts Anything (AEA) as Find a Partners little brother. It has its own big advantages:

  • Easier to set up
  • Faster to launch
  • Faster to get output back
Click on Connect Experts > Ask Experts Anything > Ask a question / ask for particular information on a topic > Submit

AEA is designed for our premium users to gain unique insight from 2-4 experts (both from academia and the industry) in a particular topic, in less than 4 days.

For our enterprise customers we have a 48h turn around delivery. How we make this happen? - you may ask. Almost magic. In reality is all due to our software and the automation that goes behind it. By the time you launched a query, scouts hundreds of data sources from its index with +25M references, and +2M organiation profiles.

You can also launch AEA from any of your searches (results page):

You see a full example of the topic Bituminous Binders Rutting Performance, a civil engineering / materials science topic that a user launched in mid 2017. Full AEA report here.


At Linknovate we are building an ecosystem for science and engineering that makes it easy to identify and contact organizations with relevant technologies, products or services.

Our mission is to help innovators, scientists, and companies with new, cutting-edge technologies to be discovered by the ones in need of their knowledge & technology.

How to Build your Profile in Linknovate?

First, you need to check if your company is already identified in our database. Start typing your company in our search box. If we have it, it will appear as a suggested option.

A) Your Company Appears in the Search Bar

If we have already indexed your company, you can Claim Your Profile. Go to your company’s profile page and claim it. We will contact you soon to verify your identity and give you access to enhance and update your company’s profile.

B) Your Company doesn’t Appear in the Search Bar

If we haven’t aggregated your company in Linknovate’s database, you still have the chance to create a brand-new profile.

Go to the Create Your Profile tab and click in the Create It Manually button. Fill the form, add your product/services and submit your company to start getting leads and visibility

We take care of making it visible to the ones searching in your field, you only need to update it with new products and techs to appear higher in our rankings.

Know your Keywords
Take a moment to fill the keywords that better describe your industry & focus areas. Be as precise as possible and use as much as you need. Linknovate is a technical and sophisticated search engine, so being too generic does not help your chances to get discovered. That will make it easy for users to find you and what you do. And will make a difference in getting partnerships & collaboration requests for your company.
Broadcast/Spread your Product & Services
Add the products & services you want to be found for. Both for the ones in the market and the ones under development. Create business opportunities & partnerships even before launching.
Upload Documents
It is possible to upload photographs, product catalogues, flyers, recognitions and awards. Whatever you think that will help you be found by potential clients and partners.

Who should Build a Profile in Linknovate?

Build your Profile is perfect for private companies (particularly small companies and startups) and research groups to market their capabilities. Departments that would benefit the most:

  • Product Development. Specify TRL (Tech Readiness Level) and expected launch date. Iterate and gather cross-industry prospects' feedback before launching.
  • Marketing and Sales. Linknovate is where innovators go to seek the latest innovations (specially in niche domains). Top quality-lead generation channel.
  • Innovation and R&D. Join the biggest network of innovators. Engage with those with similar challenges and find partners.


We want to help you look good and we know presentations are still the most used resource when presenting results to managers and colleagues.

Generate a report of your search and all the data analysis, performed in real-time and with just one-click. You will have it in your inbox in 2 min.

Search > click on Generate Report > Select the companies/organizations you want in your report.

All the graphs will be in your report together with the profiles of the organizations you choose. The result is an elegant-designed presentation that includes screenshots of the companies and blue text boxes for your personal annotations and comments on each slide.

Someone is finaly helping to create cool reports in an instant. See a full example on the topic diabetes adherence to treatment here.