Scientific Collaborations are essential for advancing biomedical discoveries that benefit society. While these partnerships can vary greatly from simple to complex, there are key factors to consider that will facilitate a productive working relationship. Check out these selected resources for guidance on how to establish, facilitate and maintain successful research collaborations.

Collaboration and Team Science: Field Guide is from The National Institutes of Health. The guide provides best practices for establishing and maintaining effective research teams. Topics include: fostering trust, developing a shared vision, communicating science, sharing recognition, handling conflict, and also provides a sample Collaborative Agreement Template.

Multicultural Relationships: Working Across Cultures and Countries by Chris Tachibana provides advice on establishing international collaborations.

Multicultural Relationships: Working Across Industries by Chris Tachibana features several researchers who share their experiences in creating productive cross-disciplinary relationships.

How to Collaborate by Sharon Ann Holgate in Science Careers provides guidelines for establishing collaborations and how to avoid potential pitfalls.

Examining Core Elements of International Research Collaboration: Summary of a Workshop from The National Academy of Sciences explores the following issues: 1) Cultural Differences and Nuances; (2) Legal Issues and Agreements; (3) Differences in Ethical Standards; (4) Research Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research; (5) Intellectual Property; (6) Risk Management; (7) Export Controls; and (8) Strategies for Developing Meaningful International Collaborations.

NIH Sharing Policies is a list of selected NIH policies and related guidance on sharing of research resources developed with NIH funding.

Trans-NIH Research: Collaboration for the 21st Century provides a sampling of initiatives across the NIH that illustrate how collaboration serves to advance scientific discoveries in basic, translational, and clinical research.


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