Science of Team Science Pilot Project Grants Funding Opportunity

May 04, 2021
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Science of Team Science (SciTS) 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.

The events of the last 12 months have emphasized the importance of teamwork and communication, and required new ways to configure processes, tools, and technologies that reduce the need for face-to-face contact. From a clinical perspective, this has included the increased use of telehealth, the development of technologies and approaches to enable monitoring and care delivery of patients in remote or austere environments, as well as social distancing, and the extensive use of PPE, while also emphasizing the importance of cross-disciplinary team collaboration to overcome huge medical challenges and uncertainties. From a scientific perspective, this has required extensive use of video-conferencing facilities, remote working, data and file sharing, alternative study approaches, and new protocols. From an education perspective, this has created a high burden and development of online teaching methods and tools as well as training to facilitate effective teaching in remote settings. All these scenarios may not have been possible to overcome without team science.

How have these changes impacted our teams? What advantages have been found? What have been the disadvantages? How could these be evaluated? How could the benefits be enhanced, and the disadvantages overcome? How does this inform teamwork and team science theory, and what might this tell us about how to respond in the future?

The SciTS Pilot Project Grants provide an excellent opportunity to explore some of these profound effects on teamwork and team science. Applications are now being accepted and are due by June 2, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. (EST). View the RFA and application form to apply. Visit SCTR’s Team Science webpage to learn more about the program.


Dayan Ranwala, Ph.D.
Associate Program Director