In the near-term, the ResearchGate founder says that company will focus on using its new $35 million to scale and ramp up growth and engagement. The company is also beginning to toy with the idea of creating an API and finding the best ways to open the platform up to enable third-party developers to build apps and tools based on the data being aggregated within its walls.

It’s still early in the game, but ResearchGate is beginning to show signs that it could have the opportunity not only to influence the trillions spent each year on scientific study, but how scientists share data and knowledge, connect with each other — and publish their findings. The more ResearchGate is able to speed up the process and reduce friction, the more the network can help close the loop between research and real-world results — and impact.