Basic Biomedical Science

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Some, but not all, universities invest resources in supporting team science by creating and maintaining units engaged in research development. Individuals in these units are referred to as Research Development Officers, and they generally do the following:

  • Support researchers’ efforts to initiate and nurture critical research partnerships and to secure collaborative extramural research funding
  • Catalyze new collaborative opportunities by offering resources to conduct events such as mini research symposia and research meetings
  • Identify experts and introduce new collaborators
  • Offer grantsmanship and proposal development support for collaborative grant and contract opportunities
  • Provide guidance and training for the development and maintenance of research teams
Research Objective

Support a team of researchers with the objective of obtaining a research center grant that is generally $7.5 to $25 million in direct costs over five years. The research will focus on developing new approaches to solving significant and complex biomedical problems that require cross-disciplinary engagement, particularly those that have been resistant to more traditional siloed approaches. These new approaches must hold the promise of leading to new opportunities to improve human health. This team science project would be a national consortium initiative designed to explore the reproductive future of cancer survivors.

  • The Problem: the complex health care and quality-of-life issues that concern young cancer patients whose fertility may be threatened by their disease or its treatment
  • The Team: professionals in reproductive medicine, reproductive health research, oncology, biomechanics, materials science, mathematics, social science, bioethics, religion, policy research, and educational sciences. Their purpose is to expand current knowledge, research, and clinical practice, and to conduct training related to cancer and fertility
Simulation Objective

Identify an appropriate funding opportunity, coordinate potential collaborators, facilitate acquisition of funding, support team interaction, and help the team manage award resources.

Project Timeline

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Room 1: Initiating the Project

This typically takes two weeks to six months. Certain factors influence how much time this takes, such as the time between when you find out about the opportunity and when it's due, planning and preparedness capabilities of the PI, the point in research program, and previous collaboration history of participants

Room 2: Developing the Proposa

This typically takes six months to two years

Room 3: Developing a Relationship with the Funder

This will happen throughout the project

Room 4: Promoting Collaboration

This will happen throughout the project