Many of today's evolving research areas require expertise in multiple disciplines. Large funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation strongly encourage cross-disciplinary efforts as do smaller federal and non-federal sponsors. Collaborators may be colleagues within the same institution, other academic institutions, industry, non-profit organizations, government agencies, foreign entities and other organizations.
Research collaborations can provide great benefits along with challenges. Helpful collaboration tools are presented below. As ORDE identifies additional tools, we will make them available to the University Research Community.