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Team Science as a Strategic Research Priority at Academic Medical Centers

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Haley R. Team Science as a Strategic Research Priority at Academic Medical Centers. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 13, 2017. Translational Health Research. Online at:

Institutional focus on, and investment in, team science—within academic medical centers (AMCs) and research-intensive schools of medicine—are important and increasing. But team science is just one of many elements within a complex array of other strategic research enterprise priorities. This presentation will share a recently-published framework for thinking about research strategies and priorities at AMCs, a framework developed from a review of research strategic plans and the authors’ related experiences. While highlighting the places where team science emerges in AMC research strategic plans, the presentation will help to advance the SciTS field by providing the audience with a holistic context for considering other institutional priorities that may align or compete with team science for organizational attention and financial resources. With an eye toward team science, the presentation will introduce a “research strategy DNA” framework developed to help leadership and faculty toward a shared understanding of their current position and help inform their future strategic priorities. Six common strategic elements are outlined in the framework: (1) research faculty, (2) research infrastructure and space, (3) research organizations, (4) research focus areas, (5) research teams, and (6) research partnerships. AMC thinking along these elements is guided by two strands: (1) pursuit of excellence, and (2) strategic stewardship. Additional areas of emerging strategic attention (yet underrepresented in current research strategies) are also introduced: research business models, translational organizational structures, and philanthropic agility.



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Oral presentation


scits 2017 conference, presentation, academic medical centers, research priority

Addresses these goal(s):

  • Provide institutional support for team science
  • Conduct research on/evaluate team science

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Resource created by Jane Hwang on 10/3/2017 5:42:15 PM.

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