Northeastern University

To implement and analyze support for scientific research teams who are working together on common aims but from multiple locations

  • Amount $892,936
  • City Boston, MA
  • Investigator Daniel Cohen
  • Initiative Virtual Collaboration initiative
  • Year 2022
  • Program Technology
  • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology

We have entered a period of substantial change in the ways that information technologies mediate interactions among scientists. The COVID-19 pandemic represented a substantial break with in-person working, and the coming years will see continued experimentation with hybrid and virtual interactions. Despite this shift in how scientists work together, we currently lack research, tools, and best practices to support intentional decision making about how to structure such experiences.   This grant supports an effort at Northeastern University to explore new ways of fostering effective collaboration between researchers on different campuses via their “Impact Engine” mechanism for multidisciplinary research. Grant funds will allow the Northeastern University Library  to pilot two new roles:  a collaboration coordinator who will work with teams at different campuses to understand their technological requirements, and a collaboration specialist who will focus on implementation of new workspaces, data workflows, and collaboration technologies. Grant funds will also support a postdoctoral student whose sole focus will be to assess the efficacy of the various services developed.

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