The School of Medicine has proposed the following criteria for the evaluation of candidates involved in team science:
- The curriculum vitae contains evidence of research scholarship in peer reviewed journals of significant impact, and sustained successful competition for hypothesis driven, extramural funding (NIH, AHA, NDF). Roles as a core leader or individual project leader on a Program Project Grant (PPG) will be considered equivalent to a PI or MPI role on an R01, if it involves significant effort and time commitment.
- Principal investigator status not required, but multiple-PI (MPI) grants should be encouraged and, when not in a PI/MPI position, the role in the grant should be defined.
- The bibliography may include middle authored publications with annotation of the candidates’ specific contribution made to projects.
- First author/senior author publications are also expected, although fewer in number than non-team scientist candidates.
- First author scholarly publications may include application development, instructive descriptions of interdisciplinary methodologies, commentaries or chapters.
- Personal statement of the candidate should speak to his/her intellectual contribution to the work of collaborators.
- Letters from collaborators should speak to the unique and invaluable contribution made by the candidate to the success of the research. Important to have letters from close inside collaborators stating the “scientific” importance and how their projects have benefitted from the contributions of the “team” scientist.
- External referees should acknowledge the candidate’s national reputation and recognition as the “collaborator’s collaborator”, the “researcher’s researcher.”
- Letters about the candidate should discuss how a particular collaboration generates synergy, creates innovative research networks and/or institutional opportunities beyond the expected product of the individual, independent research.
- A nomination from more than one department chair may be needed to describe how the team scientist has made important contributions in more than one department.