What is a collaboration plan, and how can you use it to write a successful grant proposal and build a sustainable research team?

Evidence of a well-founded approach to scientific collaboration and research project management is increasingly required by funders and a focus of reviewer attention.

This two-part workshop, jointly offered by Tufts CTSI and Tufts University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research, is designed to help researchers developing multi-investigator and cross-disciplinary collaborations to structure their funding proposals and set plans for a successful project start. Participants will be introduced to the comprehensive Collaborative Planning Approach developed at the NIH on the basis of research on the key factors that influence the success of a science team. Although geared to NIH applications, the workshop will draw on diverse case studies and prepare participants to apply the techniques and tools presented to craft multi-investigator proposals and build cohesive research teams in any scientific domain.

Topics covered will include:

  • Elements of a collaboration plan
  • Developing your rationale for a team approach
  • Building your team
  • Understanding collaboration readiness
  • Convergence and cross-disciplinarity in team functioning.

Featured Speakers

Amy Gantt, MA, Director of Research Development, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Tufts University

Susan Lewis, PhD, Associate Director, Team Science & Interdisciplinary Research, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Tufts University

Cheryl London, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Director of Research Collaborations, Tufts CTSI

Anna Ponzi Dalby, ABD, Senior Research Development Specialist, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Tufts University

Learning Objectives

After attending this event, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the elements of a collaboration plan and their intersections with writing a competitive team science proposal
  • Explain how the elements of a collaboration plan apply to building a successful and sustainable team
  • Differentiate between plans for ‘taskwork’ and ‘teamwork’
  • Identify strategies for integrating and co-producing knowledge.

Who should attend

Investigators at all levels, currently working on or hoping to develop multi-investigator research projects, as well as research staff and others responsible for supporting collaborative projects.

Time Commitment and Expectations for Attendees

Participants are expected to attend both 90-minute sessions and actively engage in breakout discussions and practice exercises.

This workshop is provided free of charge and is open to faculty and staff of Tufts University, Tufts Medical Center, and Tufts CTSI partner institutions.


Thursday, January 20 and Thursday, January 27, 2022
Online via Zoom (a link will be sent to those who register).


To attend, please enroll here via Tufts CTSI I LEARN by January 6, 2022.

For further information, please email Hannah Santos, MBA.