Solutions to complex problems in the sciences require teams of specialists from diverse backgrounds working across the boundaries of disciplinary silos. The COALESCE project aims to create, evaluate, and disseminate new, durable, readily accessible on-line learning resources to enhance skills needed to perform transdisciplinary, team-based translational research. Diverse audiences, including senior investigators, junior investigators, and institutional development officers can benefit from tools designed to help envision how transdisciplinary collaboration can work and overcome the inevitable communication challenges that arise when working in multidisciplinary teams. All content presented in the modules is grounded in empirical research and theory about the science of team science (SciTS), and the experts interviewed are well-published in that domain. The four modules are intended to help researchers acquire and apply a basic knowledge of team science. Modules 2-4 afford an experiential learning environment where the researcher can adopt different roles and engage virtually in the challenges of team research.

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To cite: Bonnie Spring, Arlen C. Moller, and Holly Falk-Krzesinski. Northwestern University, 11 Apr. 2011. Web. <>


Supported in part by: CTSA grant 3UL1RR025741 Multidisciplinary Clinical and Translational Science Program (PI: Philip Greenland) and National Library of Medicine contract N01-LM-6-3512 from the Office of Behavioral & Social Sciences Research, (PI:  Bonnie Spring)