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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science 

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 The past half-century has witnessed a dramatic increase in the scale and complexity of scientific research. The growing scale of science has been accompanied by a shift toward collaborative research, referred to as ‘team science.” Scientific research is increasingly conducted by small teams and larger groups rather than individual investigators, but the challenges of collaboration can slow these teams’ progress in achieving their scientific goals. How does a team-based approach work, and how can universities and research institutions support teams?

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science synthesizes and integrates the available research to provide guidance on assembling the science team; leadership, education and professional development for science teams and groups. It also examines institutional and organizational structures and policies to support science teams and identifies areas where further research is needed to help science teams and groups achieve their scientific and translational goals. This report offers major public policy recommendations for science research agencies and policymakers, as well as recommendations for individual scientists, disciplinary associations, and research universities. The report will be of interest to university research administrators, team science leaders, science faculty, and graduate and postdoctoral students.

Sponsors: National Science Foundation and Elsevier
In the News

Managing From a Distance – Lab Manager (March 9, 2016)

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science – UCI School of Social Ecology (July 2015)

NRC reprt assesses the state of collaborative, multidisciplinary science -- Santa Fe Institute (June 1, 2015)

U-M part of report on how to support collaborative research
 – University of Michigan Record (May 22, 2015)

Team Science: New report shows how to support collaborative research – Michigan News (May 21, 2015)

There's no "me" in "science" – UPI (May 18, 2015)

Team science is better science – Phys Org (May 18, 2015)

Team Science is Better Science — Michigan State University Today (May 18, 2015)

Previous Events

September 18, 2015: Symposium on Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science Committee members and other experts discuss the report's findings and recommendations and their implication for future research and research funders.  ► Watch the videos



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