Authored by Marcus R. Johnson
, MPH, MBA, MHA, Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center-Durham, Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System – Medical Center; Melissa Middleton
, MSW, LCSW, Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center, New Mexico VA Health Care System; Mackenzie Brown
, BS, Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center-Durham, Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System – Medical Center; Tara Burke
, Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center-Perry Point, VA Maryland Health Care System; Tammy Barnett,
MA, ACRP-CP, Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center-Hines, Edward Hines Jr. VA Medical Center
In a series of articles, we will present the newest in research administration from the Journal of Research Administration. Read the full JRA here.
Research clusters and teams generate high-impact knowledge and research that contribute to solving big open questions, the last 5-10 years have seen an increase in big-ticket research opportunities for team-science. Canadian examples include Canada First Research Excellence Fund, Networks of Centres of Excellence. Canada Foundation for Innovation, and dozens of intermediary team/partnership grants through other federal programs. Similar programs are found globally, e.g., NSF Engineering Research Centers (US), Centres of Research Excellence (Australia), and Horizon 2020 (European Union). In all of these granting programs, foundational components of the evaluation and selection process are the level of excellence of the individuals involved (i.e., traditional research metrics) and the strength and cohesion of the team (e.g., proven track record of the group’s ability to work together as a team). The Canadian NCE program even requires applicants to explicitly justify the synergies of the team that enable the award to have greater impacts than equivalent grants to individual researchers.#Catalyst#August2019#insights