Team Science

SCTR’s Multidisciplinary Team Science program is focused on providing resources for solving complex clinical and translational science problems demands collaborations between investigators from multiple disciplines. SCTR fosters these collaborations through:

  • Scientific retreats that lead to new research teams
  • Requiring that investigators who are funded in the Pilot Project program are part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Ensuring that all SCTR-supported programs are designed to maximize opportunities for collaboration
  • Partnership with the MUSC Office of Interprofessional Initiatives
  • Pilot funding for research on the "Science of Team Science"
  • Educational programs designed to teach best practices in team science


Funding Opportunities

SCTR Team Science Pilot Project Grants

The RFA is typically released during the Spring of each year.  


Team Science is focused on understanding and enhancing the processes and outcomes of teams in healthcare, education and research. A key goal of the Team Science pilot project grants is to generate new knowledge about factors that maximize the efficiency, productivity, and effectiveness of teams and/or new information about processes by which clinical and scientific teams organize, communicate, and function collaboratively.

Potential projects may focus on, but are not limited to, direct measurement of the impact of teamwork on research productivity, scientific innovation, patient outcomes, patient safety, cost-effectiveness of health care or research practice, health professional educational, training and clinical care outcomes. Projects may also focus on team development approaches, assessment tools, and factors that contribute to high and/or low functioning teams in healthcare and research settings.

Current Awardees

Kimberly Kascak, MEd
Project: Evaluation of individual and team-composition predictors of teamwork performance using a standardized teamwork challenge
Instructor, Office of Interprofessional Initiatives 
Academic Affairs Faculty


Previous Awardees 

Stacey Maurer, PhD
Project: The Relationship between Clinical Service Delivery Models and Provider Perceptions of Teamwork
Instructor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
College of Medicine 

Dusti L. Annan, EdD
Project: Establishing reliability of a novel quantification model for classifying narrative observations of teamwork behaviors in healthcare clinical units
Assistant Professor, Education and Student Life

Melanie L. Cason, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Project: Components of Team Science Implementation - What Contributes to Success?
Assistant Professor
College of Nursing 

Cynthia B. Dodds, Ph.D.
Project: “Eye Spy for Development of Affective Qualities in Interprofessional Health care”
Assistant Professor
Division of Physical Therapy
College of Health Professions 

Rochelle Hanson, Ph.D.
Project: Using Team Science to Integrate Primary Care and Behavioral Health for Trauma-Impacted Youth
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
College of Medicine 

Alicia Privette, Ph.D.
Project: Information Technology for Teamwork and Communication In Trauma (IT-TACIT)
Assistant Professor
General Surgery
College of Medicine


Dr. Lackland 

Daniel T. Lackland, DrPH

Associate Program Director

Dr. Dayan Ranwala 

Dayan Ranwala, Ph.D.

Associate Program Director