About Team Science

We promote interdisciplinary collaborations (one-to-one; one-to-many; and many-to-many) by linking investigators with essential expertise and key research resources.

We develop activities that provide an environment conducive for groups of investigators to work together on projects that are key to their research programs.

We help investigators:

  • Find new collaborators with needed expertise for new or ongoing research projects or programs.
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  • Establish theme-oriented groups (from which multiple related research teams form) to facilitate development of approaches to complex problems. This includes helping to identify relevant content and methodological experts and developing funding strategies.
  • Advise groups on how to establish and sustain interest groups.
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  • Build teams and facilitate idea generation and proposal development to address problems posed by specific funding opportunities or program announcements, or in response to an investigator’s question or problem.
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  • Provide education and outreach activities to inform the research community about effective team science practices.
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Team Science, by definition, is used to refer to a collaborative approach that draws concepts and technologies from multiple fields to develop a new perspective on answering research questions or solving complex problems. While traditional single-investigator driven approaches are ideal for many scientific endeavors, coordinated teams of investigators with diverse skills and knowledge may be especially helpful for studies of complex social problems with multiple causes.*

* (Team Science Toolkit: An Interactive Website to Help You Support, Conduct, and Study Team Based Research.
National Cancer Institute.)