Team Science

The UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) received a new 5-year Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health in 2017 (read more here) to continue supporting translational research in the WWAMI region. A new component of the CTSA grant in this cycle is to carry out Team Science research and training. Team Science is defined as “scientific collaboration, i.e., research conducted by more than one individual in an interdependent fashion, including research conducted by small teams and larger groups” (Cooke et al., 2015) and “a collaborative effort to address a scientific challenge that leverages the strengths and expertise of professionals trained in different fields” (NCI, 2019). CHSIE researchers have partnered with ITHS to lead this new Team Science initiative.

Want to learn more about Team Science?

There has been a dramatic increase in the scale of complexity of scientific research that has resulted in innovative discoveries in health and healthcare, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and more. With the growing scale of science there has also been a shift toward more collaborative research referred to as the “Science of Team Science”.

To learn more about Team Science, why it is important and how to positively influence team processes, click here to download a short PowerPoint voiceover slide presentation.

  Did you know…

  • 90% of all science and engineering publications have two or more authors
  • Most science and engineering publications are written by 6-10 individuals representing more than one institution

  (Cooke et al., 2015)


Committee on the Science of Team Science; Board On Behavioral, Cognitive; Division of Behavioral Social Sciences Education; National Research, Council; Cooke, N. J.; Hilton, M. L. (2015). Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press. DOI: 10.17226/19007. ISBN 978-0-309-31682-8. PMID 26247083.

National Cancer Institute. “About Team Science.” Team Science Toolkit, National Institutes of Health, Accessed 03 March 2019.