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Seeding And Watering New Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations: Approaches From Funders And Universities

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Vogel A, Hall K, Heberger Marino A, Christen S, Ranwala D. Seeding And Watering New Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations: Approaches From Funders And Universities. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 13, 2017. Online at:

There is strong interest in approaches to stimulate the creation of new boundary-crossing science teams and help these teams develop, launch, and sustain innovative collaborative research initiatives. This panel highlights how a diverse set of public and private funders and universities, with varying levels of resources, have successfully applied a range of approaches to advance these goals. Panelists will describe sandpits, conferences, preconference tutorials, speed networking, and funding approaches. They will highlight transferable strategies for success, lessons learned, and evaluation approaches. Dr. Amanda L. Vogel of Leidos Biomed will provide an overview of key goals and challenges in seeding, watering, and growing cross-disciplinary science teams, and introduce the panel, highlighting the varied approaches used by their institutions to launch innovative cross-cutting collaborations. Dr. Anne Heberger Marin, of the National Academies of Sciences Keck Futures Initiative will describe its 13 year initiative bringing together over 2000 scholars and professionals from across fields and disciplines in conferences, pre-conference tutorials, and seed grants to advance high-risk, high-reward science. Suzanne Christen, JD, of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) will describe a recent collaboration between Stand Up to Cancer and IAS to stimulate and fund cross-disciplinary Convergence Science teams to advance clinical cancer research. This talk will highlight approaches used to bridge disciplines. Dr. Damayanthi Ranwala of the Medical University of South Carolina will describe how the University’s CTSA has stimulated new interdisciplinary research collaborations through theme-based scientific retreats, speednetworking, and pilot project awards, and will share evaluation approaches and findings. Dr. Kara Hall of the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) will highlight innovative approaches used by the NCI and Cancer Research United Kingdom to generate new teams and novel research projects. This talk will highlight how mental models and network metrics are used to advance collaborations and scientific initiatives, and evaluate success.



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Oral presentation


scits 2017 conference, presentation, cross-disciplinary collaborations, institutional support

Addresses these goal(s):

  • Provide institutional support for team science
  • Conduct research on/evaluate team science

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Resource created by Jane Hwang on 10/3/2017 5:09:18 PM.

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