NIGMS seeks input on team science research

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences is examining the benefits and challenges of team science and considering how best to support this mode of scientific research. In doing so, NIGMS is seeking input from the biomedical research community to assist in considering the needs and opportunities in team science at the multi-investigator, institutional, regional and national levels. For the purposes of this Request for Information (RFI), team science and team-based research are defined as research that involves multiple investigators to answer questions that cannot be answered either by a single investigator and his/her lab or by a group of closely collaborative investigators supported on a multi-PI R01 grant.

Input is sought on the following:

  • Interest in team science – Comments may include the relative importance of team science in your field and sharing your own experiences.
  • Management and advisory structures in team science – Suggest types of management structures within a project that would enable an effective team science program (e.g. leadership models, use of external review groups, etc.) as well as challenges and solutions for issues around management.
  • Team composition – May include comments on recruiting team members, training, the value of diversity in team science and the challenges of recognizing individual efforts on team science research.
  • Resources and infrastructure – Comments on technical and administrative cores, both existing and those that would need to be established to facilitate team science.
  • Assessment of team science – Factors to be considered in the peer review of team science-based grant applications as well as appropriate quantitative and qualitative measures of success and impact.
  • Comments on past or current NIGMS team-based programs and funding mechanisms
  • Other issues

Responses will be accepted through June 17, 2016. All comments must be submitted via email as text or as an attached electronic document. Microsoft Word documents are preferred. Responses should be addressed to TeamScience@mail.nih.gov.

This is a great way to help shape a new program in its formative stages. Please make your voices heard!

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