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    Research Collaboration Best Practices
    (2020-01-01) Misra, Joya
    Time is a critical resource necessary to creating new collaborations. Faculty members need opportunities to interact, informally as well as formally, to develop ideas, and work well together. Developing shared language is especially necessary for interdisciplinary collaborations. Equity can be challenging; collaborations may appear “predatory,” with unequal involvement in the research, or unfair recognition of time and effort in PI/co-PI roles or in authorship. Collabora-tions should fairly credit researchers for the work they do, regardless of rank, gender, race, etc. Inclusion is another key approach. This matters both in collaborators treating each other’s insights with respect, and identifying the contributions diverse collaborators can make. Intellectual and demographic diversity is likely to lead to greater creativity and insight. Good communication and trust characterize the most successful research teams. While funding opportunities sometimes require developing new collaborations speedily, teams that have already developed strategies for working together effectively are more likely to win funding.
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    Seed Funding Checklist
    Best practices for seed grant administrators start with dissemination of information about the program. It is important from the outset to consider the goals of the program and how you will evaluate those goals.
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    Resources for Equitable Research Collaborations: What to Consider in Proposing and Conducting Research
    There are many important considerations for collaborations. Collaborations involve teams of different personalities, often approaching the project from different disciplines and backgrounds. Misunderstandings and disagreements could disrupt the collaborative process. Successful collaborations often share key characteristics that help ensure members of the team are working well together. These include: Commitment to stated shared research goals and values for the project and collaboration. Respectful and equitable environment in which each voice, intellectual input, and direction of the project, or specific components of the project is valued. Trust, physical and psychological safety, and mutual respect must be present among all members of the collaboration. Openness and transparency about team member and the project’s progress, challenges that may occur, financial issues, etc. Agreed upon processes for professional communication in person, via email, and in virtual environments. For interdisciplinary teams – clarity about disciplinary frameworks and terminology, clear and precise interactions, particularly for multinational teams—mapping out how all are accommodated All members should take responsibility for individual work and feel ownership for the success of the overall project such that the project contributes to intellectual and career growth for all.
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    Seed Funding Effective Practices
    (2021-01-01) Clark, Dessie
    Seed funding supports the preliminary work necessary to build competitive proposals for external funding or to provide an avenue to conduct exploratory research that may lead to new research initiatives. This work includes data collection and proof of concept. Yet, building an equitable, synergistic collaborative team that can provide breadth of technical expertise strengthens the likelihood of the team’s success, as well as the broader impacts/societal relevance of the research, which is important for follow-on funding. Seed funding provides important resources that can be used to help create a more equitable research climate by allowing a wide range of faculty to gain experience and demonstrate effectiveness in leading research, collaborating with colleagues, and managing students. While the dollar amount of seed funding and scope of work may vary across internal opportunities, equitable practices for awarding seed funds are important in every case.
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    Creating Diverse Departments: Best Practices
    (2020-01-01) Wingfield, Adia Harvey; Misra, Joya
    Currently, most universities have relatively limited diversity. The National Center for Education Statistics shows that in 2018, more than two thirds of all university faculty are white, 10% are Asian and Pacific Islanders, 5% are Latinx, 1% are Multiracial, .4% are Indigenous and 5.5% are Black. Black and Latinx faculty are particularly underrepresented among STEM fields.