Developing Teams for Collaborative Grant Proposals

On September 22, 2020, Hanover Research presented a webinar on Developing Teams for Collaborative Grant Proposals, discussing the differences between a traditional collaboration and an integrated research team.

In a customary collaboration, each member typically works on separate parts of the research, and then the parts are integrated. The sharing of ideas can be limited. In contrast, the integrated research team meets regularly to discuss project goals and plans. Team members share leadership responsibilities. The ideal integrated research team encourages unconventional approaches and facilitates networking among PIs from diverse fields and career levels to enhance innovation.

Some questions the science team can ask include

  • What type of topic is compatible with the team’s research foci?
  • How does each team member’s expertise complement one another?
  • How much funding is required to make the project work?
  • How will the team communicate, coordinate, and share responsibilities?
  • Does the team have the resources to carry out the project?

The success of science team depends on

  • Funding trends
  • Common vision and theme
  • Institutional infrastructure and resources for communication and data sharing
  • Organizational policies (e.g., tenure and promotion, proprietary rights to data and discovery)
  • Interpersonal dynamics among team members and the level of collaborative skills

The science team continues its work by

  • Recruiting internal and external partners
  • Clarifying vision and goals
  • Developing a plan for writing the grant proposal
  • Setting expectations for each team member
  • Formalizing partner involvement
  • Obtaining letters of support
  • Communicating with all collaborators frequently throughout the grant writing process

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