Team Science 101

What is Team science?

According to the National Cancer Institute,“Team science is a collaborative effort to address a scientific challenge that leverages the strengths and expertise of professionals trained in different fields. Although 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 is in many ways at the heart of InCHIP’s mission – we work to bring health behavior researchers together to develop innovative solutions to society’s most urgent health care challenges. Partnerships brokered by InCHIP span UConn departments, colleges, and campuses and represent the best of what team science has to offer – a problem-focused, solution driven perspective that allows new ideas to form at the edges of interdisciplinary fields and advances the science base through high impact research discoveries.

What do these collaborations look like?

  • Science of Team Science Resources There is a whole new field of science devoted to understanding team science (the Science of Team Science – include link here) and the process of managing and developing collaborative research teams. This site contains a number of resources, including, blogs/social media accounts, organizations, and articles that may be useful for building teams. (Here is a link to join their Listserv for even more resources)
  • Team Science Toolkit The National Cancer Institute maintains a Team Science website, which offers a good introduction to team science and the extent work going on within the field..

Things to consider

  • Collaborative Agreement Template: A list of questions to guide you as you and your team negotiate shared expectations for research team members prior to the start of research.
  • When to Collaborate?
  • Why Collaborate and why now?
  • Communication Not just between disciplines but between people, institutions, departments, funding mechanisms, etc.
  • Interdisciplinary Research Management Often large interdisciplinary teams pose specific challenges to project management, this article poses a potential management framework that reflects the emergent difficulties associated with Team Science projects.
  • Power and Collaboration This short piece examines how power can influence processes within Team Science. Power comes in many forms, including: interpersonal, institutional, and information power.

UConn Services for Team Science

  • InCHIP Team Building Services: InCHIP offers team building services through our Boundary Spanning Services. To access these services please fill out the form.
  • Ombuds Services at UConn: The UConn Ombudsman serves as a neutral resource who provides confidential and informal assistance to members of the campus community. The Ombuds Office was established to provide a confidential, neutral resource for staff, faculty, and graduate students to express concerns, identify options to address workplace conflicts, facilitate productive communication, and surface responsible concerns regarding university policies and practices.