Team Science Program (TS)

Over the past two decades, translational science has become a team-based endeavor that leverages the strengths and expertise of scientists trained in different fields. Successful teams learn through coaching to commit to interdependence, joint ownership, and collective responsibility between and among scientists. 

‘Team Science’ is the study and application of principles, techniques, and strategies in order to form, develop, lead, and manage groups of individuals who are part of a research project or team. Northwestern is acknowledged as an international leader in Team Science education and practice, establishing both conceptual and methodological strategies aimed at enhancing the processes and outcomes of team-based research. The Team Science Program offers the expertise and resources to help investigators and teams learn the fundamentals of team science and to support teams as they develop and mature.

The Team Science Program offers several different services:  (1) Team Assembly: help to identify potential collaborators provides within Northwestern University and its clinical affiliates, as well as within other institutions.  (2)  Team Launch:  Consultation and workshops addressing needed tools and processes to help interdisciplinary teams function efficiently.  (3) Team Maturation:  Consultation on team management, culture, growth, new funding opportunities, and transition planning.  

If you need assistance in team assembly, launch, or maturation activities,  please fill out the Service Request Form.

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Bonnie Spring, PhD, professor in Preventive Medicine, director of the Center for Behavioral Health and director of NUCATS Team Science

"It’s very hard to be a Renaissance person in the 21st century. The depth of knowledge in one field is so great that it’s rare to find people who are true experts in many areas. To reach beyond their own knowledge base and solve problems at the cutting edge of science, researchers can benefit from finding new collaborators, including those in other disciplines. Doing so often increases the impact factor of their work."

Bonnie Spring, PhD
Professor in Preventive Medicine
Director of the Center for Behavioral Health
Director of NUCATS Team Science


The leadership and governance structure of TS.

Resources and Services

Detailed information on TS resources and services.


Read about the work of TS.