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NIH “Partner Agreement" - Collaboration "prenup" questionnaire

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Whether you will be leading or participating on a research team, it is critical to understand what contributes to successful team functioning and what can negatively impact the development of a productive group. As science becomes ever more specialized, researchers increasingly need the support, input, and expertise of scientists from several niches to move their efforts forward. Yet bringing together individuals from various disciplines or specialties, and at different stages in their careers, is a task that requires forethought and care. After all, people from different disciplines often bring expectations, norms, and ways of thinking that are unique to their field. Teams often experience increased mutual learning by virtue of this diversity. If handled well, the process of integrating scientists from diverse backgrounds can result in the formation of a highly functioning group. If done haphazardly, the team may not endure. Although each research project has unique features, certain core issues are common to most of them and can be addressed by collaborators posing some questions.

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NIH, Partner Agreement

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  • Establish or maintain effective team science endeavors
  • Enhance team performance, interactions, and attitudes
  • Provide institutional support for team science


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Resource created by Elaine Flores on 10/15/2012 9:32:00 AM.

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