Resources for Research Teams

Building Successful Scientific Collaborations

Successful collaborations don't just happen. NIH has found that discussing expectations at the outset of a collaboration significantly improves the likelihood of success. NIH ombudsman Howard Gadlin provided practical tools in use at NIH for our use.

Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide

This NIH guide describes the challenges and gives advice on how to put together a science team that can work together successfully.

Partnering Agreement Template

Another challenge is to clarify expectations among peers on a grant or scientific project. Collaborators should discuss the issues that predictably cause conflict on scientific teams. The list of questions for collaborators to discuss and confirm are listed on the Sample Partnering Agreement Template.

Welcome to My Research Group/Lab Templates

A written statement of expectations about how to work in a lab or on a project can be helpful. One example is a welcome letter:

"Welcome to My Research Group" Letter Template

"Welcome to My Lab" Letter Template