The center commitment to and history of collaboration consists of two documents uploaded as one into ProposalCentral. These sections can be broken down to any page length as long they do not exceed 5 pages in total when combined.
Centers selected for funding will be expected to interact and develop new hypotheses leading to collaborative projects. The purpose of this initiative is designed to produce a network of interacting institutions and scientists for collaborative, multidisciplinary research related to the topic of the network. The collaborating centers are expected to share everything from “samples to ideas.”
A major component of the centers will also be the interdisciplinary training of a new generation of scientists. These fellows, from their earliest experiences in research, will collaborate with other scientists through monthly meetings with established investigators and annual meetings with other investigators participating in the centers. The availability of on-site collaborations/training at other centers within the network will enhance their training. The selected centers will be expected to work with the Oversight Advisory Committee to define the strategies for leadership in training and interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as a clear commitment to collaboration with other disciplines and other centers.
- Commitment to Collaboration
A clear commitment to collaboration with other disciplines and other Research Centers within the associated Network is required. Describe how the interactions among the basic, clinical, population and/or translational team members will be organized and promoted. Describe how the Center will support interactions among the other Strategically Focused Research Centers in the Network, and describe plans to develop productive collaboration among Center investigators.
- History of Collaboration
Describe the track record of collaboration in the institution and affiliated institutions, if applicable. Examples of collaborative successes will be helpful. Describe the track record of collaboration with other institutions. Also, list collaborative research projects undertaken that have resulted in joint research awards and/or joint publications in the past three-five years.
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