, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 373-375
Date: 09 Oct 2012

News from NIH: resources for team-based research to more effectively address complex public health problems

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A perennial goal of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is “to foster fundamental creative discoveries, innovative research strategies and their applications as a basis for ultimately protecting and improving health” [1]. In response to this goal, an increasing number of initiatives have emerged to promote cross-disciplinary team-based research. Cross-disciplinary research approaches aim to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines and perspectives to generate innovative solutions to real-world problems. Scholars have identified three main types of cross-disciplinary research approaches, multidisciplinary (MD), interdisciplinary (ID), and transdisciplinary (TD), each of which is characterized by an increasing level of disciplinary integration [2]. As research initiatives move along this continuum toward greater integration, they are increasingly likely to rely upon team-based research to develop, conceptualize, and implement research initiatives. The Science of Team Science (Sc

This work was supported by contract number HHSN-276-2007-00235U. This project was funded, in whole or in part, with federal funds from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, under contract no. HHSN261200800001E. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the US Government.