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- Improve quality of scientific research
- Extend research relationships and networks
- Foster interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research
- Share expertise and knowledge transfer
- Efficient use of funding resources
- Reduce duplication of research efforts
- Enhance scientific and publishing productivity
- Share resources such as specialized equipment
- Accelerate dissemination of scientific findings for community benefit
In a 2001 article, Beaver outlines 18 reasons for collaboration:
- Access to expertise.
- Access to equipment, resources, or “stuff” one doesn’t have.
- Improve access to funds.
- To obtain prestige or visibility; for professional advancement.
- Efficiency: multiplies hands and minds; easier to learn the tacit knowledge that goes with a technique.
- To make progress more rapidly.
- To tackle “bigger” problems (more important, more comprehensive, more difficult, global).
- To enhance productivity.
- To get to know people, to create a network, like an “invisible college”.
- To retool, learn new skills or techniques, usually to break into a new field, subfield, or problem.
- To satisfy curiosity, intellectual interest.
- To share the excitement of an area with other people.
- To find flaws more efficiently, reduce errors and mistakes.
- To keep one more focused on research, because others are counting on one to do so.
- To reduce isolation, and to recharge one’s energy and excitement.
- To educate (a student, graduate student, or, oneself).
- To advance knowledge and learning.
- For fun, amusement, and pleasure.
[Source: Beaver, D. D. Reflections on Scientific Collaboration (and its Study): Past, Present, and Future. Scientometrics, Vol. 52, No. 3, 365-377. 2001. page 373. DOI: 10.1023/A:1014254214337]
How to Find Collaborators
Core Research Facilities and Resources
The Core Research Facilities and Resources website helps investigators identify Washington University Core Facilities with services, expertise, or equipment that will enhance their research projects.
NIH RePORTER "Matchmaker"
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Perform a subject search to find authors who have published on an area of research. Use the Affiliation tool to refine results from WU, WUSM or other institution.
Research Profiles at Washington University School of Medicine
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Team Science Toolkit from NCI
The Team Science Toolkit helps you find and share resources that support the practice and study of team science.
WU: Find Collaborators
As sponsors encourage multidisciplinary and inter-institutional outreach, externally funded projects often require expertise outside of a researcher's area of training. Washington University provides access to resources to help researchers connect with potential collaborators, both internally and externally.
Use the Member Tools module to discover potential collaborators.