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Facilitating Team Science Collaborations

Objective: The SciTS Team aims to facilitate effective team science collaborations, as well as training in team science, through the development of practical tools and resources and funding opportunities. Projects and activities related to these objectives are summarized below.

The Team Science Toolkit

The Team Science Toolkit is an interactive website that consolidates knowledge in the Science of Team Science (SciTS) field, and facilitates resource sharing and information exchange among a broad community of stakeholders interested in team science. The heart of the Toolkit is a user-generated repository of publicly available resources, created on a wiki-based platform. Toolkit users may freely upload and download Toolkit resources, and provide comments about any resource included in the Toolkit. There are two main types of resources in the Toolkit. The first is tools to facilitate or support team science, such as promotion and tenure policy guidelines to support team science, and prenuptial agreements to help future collaborators develop a clear mutual understanding about the terms of their collaboration. The second is resources to support studies or evaluations of team science, such as measures, instruments, and study designs and protocols. The Toolkit also includes an extensive interactive bibliography of key team science publications, to which users may freely contribute.

The Toolkit also includes a number of features to support information exchange. These include a directory of team science experts to which users can add their contact information and descriptions of their expertise; a periodic column written by a rotating group of SciTS experts from a variety of disciplines and fields that provides perspectives on key practical, conceptual, and scientific concerns; online discussion boards; registration for the NIH-hosted SciTS listserv; and bulletin boards for users to post information about news, events, job openings, and funding opportunities relevant to team science.

The SciTS Listserv

The SciTS listserv facilitates conversation among individuals who are engaged in, studying, or managing team science in the US and internationally. The listserv is maintained collaboratively by the SciTS Team at the National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Behavioral Research Program (http://dccps.nci.nih.gov/brp/SciTS/index.html) at the NIH, and Research Team Support & Development (RTS&D) at the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute (http://www.nucats.northwestern.edu/centers/orts/).

To subscribe, send an email with a blank subject line to: listserv@list.nih.gov. The message body should read: subscribe SciTSlist [your full name]. Please do not include the brackets. For example, for Robin Smith to subscribe, the message would read: subscribe SciTSlist Robin Smith. You will receive a confirmation email.

Grant Support for Cross-disciplinary Teams

The SciTS team has worked with colleagues across NIH to create financial support for the formation of teams and the team processes necessary to develop new collaborations with colleagues from different disciplines. These funds enable an incubator space for the development of new integrative research questions, hypotheses, and conceptual frameworks, which can lead to novel projects and ground-breaking advances in science.

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