Collaboration and Team Science at UWM

Team Science Resources

UWM

Introduction and Overview

  • Team Science.net  Training materials, including on-line modules and other resources, that allow researchers to develop and apply basic knowledge of team science.  Module content grounded in empirical evidence and SciTS theory; modules 2-4 provide experiential training in the use of team science concepts and techniques in a variety of settings.
    • This introductory video describes the team science module-based interactive training website.
  • The Science of Team Science (SciTS) listserv facilitates knowledge sharing among individuals engaged in, studying, facilitating, and supporting team science, in the US and internationally. It is maintained by the SciTS Team of the National Cancer Institute of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.  International in scope; traffic varies.
    • To join:  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.
    • SciTS Discussion Group Archives for discussion of Team Science issues, conferences, and activities.
  • Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide provides an overview to Team Sciences processes and tools serves as a great overview of the field and resources. Topics include Building a Research Team, Developing a Shared Vision,  Sharing Recognition and Credit, Handling Conflict and Strengthening Team Dynamics.
  • Thriving in an Era of Team Science This Burroughs Wellcome Fund publication provides an brief history and overview of team science issues as well as a number of illustrative case studies.
  • Enhancing Effectiveness of Team Science In this 2015 publication, the National Academy of Sciences reviews the current research to help guide development of research teams; issues include leadership, team professional development, virtual collaborations, and institutional and organizational issues regarding  team support and evaluation.

Collaboration, Communication and Conflict

  • Collaborative Norms Assessment  A self assessment of personal behavior in a specific group; this can be used to get a better sense of how each individual in a group interacts.  With this knowledge, group members can better adapt to a range of communication  and interactive styles group members may display.
  • How to Write a Collaboration Plan outlines a ten-step process for writing a collaboration plan, which can be used to guide the research team activities and management.
  • Prenuptial Agreements for Scientists outlines a method for identifying common issues of dispute-such as goals, contributions, authorship, and ownership-which may arise over the course of collaborative work.  This method can open communication, either through discussion or written agreement, about expectations for the collaboration and how to deal constructively with conflicts when they arise.
  • Collaboration Success Wizard   This online diagnostic survey for geographically distributed groups probes factors that may strengthen or weaken a given collaboration.   “Geographic” distribution can range from different floors or labs to international in scope.  The Wizard provides personal and project-level reports to help participants build successful and productive collaborative projects.  Participation is free; teams need to apply to be a part of the project.  Survey results are incorporated into ongoing work on collaboration in research.

Conferences and Meetings

Publication Credit and Grant Development

  • Academy of Medical Sciences Team Science Report 2016 summarizes the OK Academy of Medical Sciences recommendations on ways to encourage, recognize and appropriately “count” and reward team science work and contributions in academic contexts that tend to be more individually focused.  It argues that academic recognition must fundamentally change to include the assessment of team members and activities when assessing and rewarding researcher performance.  It also details a range of recommendations to facilitate these changes at all levels, from departments and institutions to publishers and funding agencies.
  • Overcoming Barriers to Multidisciplinary Research This UC-Irvine Task Force to Identify Barriers to Multidisciplinary Research makes a number of specific recommendations about how to facilitate recognition and reward for multidisciplinary researchers.  Topics include the personnel process, administrative support and resources, cost sharing, credit, facilitation, policy and reintegration of staff at the end of large interdisciplinary grants.