Providing translation and facilitation services for interdisciplinary research teams across all areas of the university.
Participation in collaborative disciplinary-spanning projects is high-risk and high-reward. Such projects can be extremely costly, both in time and in resources. Interdisciplinary projects also face hurdles related to placement, both for procuring funding and for placing publications, partially due to the perception that interdisciplinary products are of lower quality than those produced by disciplinary training and expertise.
The Interdisciplinary Translation and Integration Sciences Initiative supports interdisciplinary research teams through the use of “Interdisciplinary Translators.” The use of translators mediates the high risk of interdisciplinary projects, assists teams in bridging disciplinary boundaries and produces increased interdisciplinary integration with more effective outcomes.
The goals of this project are to enhance the effectiveness of interdisciplinary collaborations, provide translation and facilitation services for interdisciplinary research teams across all areas of the university and conduct innovative research on the science of integration.
Long-entrenched disciplinary and institutional power structures limit the ability of research teams to produce integrative outcomes successfully. External forces and pressures constrain which ideas, methods, and objectives are open for discussion and debate at any point in the team research process. Interdisciplinary facilitation and translation methodologies, explicitly built into all areas of a project, can mediate the influences of existing power structures and allow research teams to collaborate more successfully.
The Interdisciplinary Translation and Integration Sciences Initiative currently receives no direct funding We are interested in exploring support for scaling up and expanding the initiative, and building capacity for interdisciplinary translation.
Andi Hess (PI)
Director, Interdisciplinary Translation and Integration Sciences Initiative
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