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The Art of Collaboration

RTI INTERNATIONAL AND THE UNC GILLINGS SCHOOL OF GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH created the Consortium for Implementation Science to facilitate Implementation Science collaborations among researchers and practitioners at both institutions.

The first step in facilitating collaboration is matchmaking – introducing parties with the right mix of skills and interests – but that’s just the beginning. As with most relationships, there’s a lot more to a successful collaboration than┬ájust an introduction.

Trust, a shared vision, setting clear expectations and communication are key elements to successful collaborations. While there is no one-size fits all solution that will work for all projects and all collaborations, there are resources and tools that can help you build a successful collaboration.

FIND A COLLABORATOR

There are several ways to find a collaborator for your research.

  • Consortium staff can help match you with a collaborator who meets the needs of your project. Contact us for assistance.
  • You can use the NIH RePORTER Matchmaker query to find similar NIH-funded projects and possible future collaborators, as well as the study sections and institutes funding them. Enter an abstract or other scientific text and Matchmaker will return a list of up to 100 projects similar to the text entered. Matchmaker will also generate charts of the most common study sections, institutes/centers and activity codes from the list.dissemination and implementation science through research, education, practice and policy.

Learn More

Collaboration and Team Science: From Theory to Practice
In an effort to learn more about collaboration, L. Michelle Bennett and Howard Gadlin interviewed members of successful and highly productive research teams, as well as members of teams that did not meet their goals or disbanded due to conflict. This article explores the analysis and findings from those interviews.

Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide
L. Michelle Bennett, Howard Gadlin and Samantha Levine-Finley took the insights gleaned from their in-depth interviews with members of successful and not so successful research teams to create a field guide to collaboration bursting with case studies and tools for building successful collaborations.