This study examined whether the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center's initiative produced greater scientific collaboration, productivity and impact than traditional investigator-initiated research. The initiative was designed to promote a transdisciplinary approach to the study of tobacco use and addiction.
The analyses revealed higher publication rates for science teams participating in a transdisciplinary center grant initiative relative to investigator-initiated research grants in the same field. Publication rates across the transdisciplinary research centers were relatively uniform compared to dramatically dispersed publication rates among the investigator-initiated research projects. On average, publications produced by the transdisciplinary center grants had greater numbers of co-authors, but had similar journal impact factors compared with publications produced by investigator-initiated research grants. These findings suggested that transdisciplinary center grants create benefits for both scientific productivity and collaboration.
Report Title: Assessing the Value of Team Science: A Study Comparing Center and Investigator-Initiated Grants
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: Discovery Logic Inc., a Thomson Reuters Company
Record ID: 9475 (October 31, 2011)