ICTR Team Science Award

The Team Science Award aims to both recognize the great work Johns Hopkins researchers have been doing as multidisciplinary teams and to highlight best practices and share lessons learned in Team Science.


Application Deadline: 11:59 pm, June 18, 2021

Request for Applications (Updated 6/8/21)



While many awards still go to individuals, advances in translational research are increasingly dependent on teams of individuals with different perspectives and skills working collaboratively towards a common goal. The concept of Team Science answers the question, “How do groups, particularly interdisciplinary groups, move through a process together?” Although seemingly simple, the field that studies the Science of Team Science has demonstrated that successfully conducting science in teams can be anything but. Thus, the goal of this award is to recognize the great work Johns Hopkins researchers have been doing as interdisciplinary teams and to highlight best practices and share lessons learned in Team Science. We expect this will be an annual award.


The Award

Three teams within the Johns Hopkins system will be selected to receive the ICTR Team Science Award. In addition to self-satisfaction and external validation, these three teams will:

    • Celebrate with a ‘coffee break’ package from the Bakery, our neighbor at Northeast Market
    • Receive a prize of either $2,000 to be used for team functions OR a project-specific consultation with the ICTR Research Navigators to see how we can best support your research
    • Be featured at an ICTR Team Science event in which they will share their success and describe how they overcame challenges
    • Have bragging rights for a year

[1] Teams will be provided with a project-specific consultation by the ICTR Navigators to help identify how the ICTR can best support their research.



Any person within Johns Hopkins who is part of a Team Science biomedical research project is eligible to submit an application on behalf of a team. A Team Science project is defined as any group of interdisciplinary researchers working collaboratively toward a specific scientific goal. Interdisciplinary research can be defined as either cross-school collaborations (i.e., Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Engineering, Arts & Sciences, Education, or Business), or as collaborations across different multiple department or fields of study. (See the National Cancer Institute’s Collaboration and Team Science Field Guide for more information on Team Science.) The team must include at least three members, led or co-led by a Johns Hopkins researcher, and have worked together on more than one research protocol.


To Apply


Applications must be submitted here:


View the Request for Applications (Updated 6/8/2021)


Entries may be submitted by the PI, a participating researcher, a community partner, a staff member, or any other team member. However, we ask that, in the spirit of collaboration, you confer with your team members so that only one application is received from each team. We also encourage teams to incorporate the experience of more than one team member in the application.

Here is what we want to know:

    • Your Team. What is your team’s name? Who is on your team and what are their roles and what is their position at Johns Hopkins or another instution?
    • Your team’s back story. Please share a description of the scientific goal for your multidisciplinary team. How did the team first come together? What have been the accomplishments to date for the team in science (e.g. what are the publications you’re most proud of)? Be sure to highlight: the importance of the team’s work, your innovation, and the impact on the lives of the patients and communities we serve. (500 words max!)
    • Lessons learned. A description of what the team has learned about how to support each other effectively, including how you may have responded to setbacks or barriers that any team will face. (500 words max!)

Entries will be judged based on:

    • Interdisciplinary composition of your team;
    • Success of collaboration across disciplines (e.g., ability to overcome challenges of working in a team);
    • Originality/Creativity/Innovation of your project,
    • Impact of the team’s work; and
    • Advancement in the practice of team science (e.g., novel methods of collaboration).


For Questions

Please email them to TeamScience@jhmi.edu.