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Interdisciplinary research can be productive and inspiring. Research Deans in each college can help you connect and find collaborators. The Office of the Vice President for Research provides support for these activities and can help you find the appropriate Research Dean and/or interdisciplinary research opportunity.

Funding Opportunities

NORDP maintains a comprehensive compilation of research grant mechanisms, types, and programs representing collaborative, cross-disciplinary (multi/inter/trans-disciplinary) and team based funding opportunities.

University of Utah Resources & Tools

The Find a Researcher database contains listings of University of Utah faculty and graduate students who are research topic experts and potential research collaborators. You may search for people by entering names, research keywords, departments, international experience keywords, and equipment. To be found in the database, edit your faculty profile.

Pivot is a database where researchers can search awarded grant information in order to find collaborators working on funded research in a topic of interest.

The University offers various Research Mentoring tools. Mentoring differs by department/division. 

University of Utah Core Facilities

Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars offers guidance from seasoned professionals and faculty colleagues who have successfully started companies based on their university research.

Box is the University of Utah's online cloud storage and collaboration tool that provides users with the ability to easily store, access and share files and folders anywhere. Simply log in with your uNID and CIS password to activate your account.

The University's Mission-Based Management provides many tools to the Health Science Center, including a faculty finder and researcher database.

The Community Engagement Core is part of the University's Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). It's mission is to establish a pre-eminent program of participatory research.

Have you considered using the U.S. Patent databases to identify research organizations or companies that might want to collaborate with you in your areas of technical research? The patent databases will let you find the U.S. Patent Classifications for your areas of research, then you can sort by names of organizations and companies who own the patent rights and licensed them from the original inventors, giving you a handy list for collaborative research or licensing opportunities. Dave Morrison, the Marriott Library's expert on patent searching has a 'how-to' guide. Dave can also be reached by email or phone at 5-6802.  

University of Utah Industry Collaboration Resources

State, National & International Tools

The Utah Health Information Network (UHIN), a not for profit organization, has been working with the Utah health care community since 1993. We continually work to achieve the goal of reduced cost and improved quality of health care through a secure and efficient electronic data exchange network. One of UHIN's services is the Clinical Health Information Exchange (cHIE). cHIE provides physicians a way to share and view patient information in a secure electronic matter. This information is accessible, with patient consent, to authorized users while maintaining the highest stands of patient privacy.

Intermountain Healthcare provides voluntary research opportunities to its patients. Supporting research furthers knowledge and advances medical discovery. Before you are identified as a potential research participant, Intermountain Healthcare's Office of Research reviews and approves the project.

NIH's Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) website provides access to a variety of reporting tools, reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities. One of the tools available on the RePORT site is the RePORT Expenditures and Results (RePORTER) module. RePORTER is an electronic tool that allows users to search a repository of NIH-funded research projects and access publications and patents resulting from NIH funding.

Discovery of potential collaborators is a priority of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Consortium. At the new DIRECT site, you can search multiple institutions simultaneously and then easily explore the results at each institution on their individual sites.

Ground-breaking biomedical research requires access to cutting edge scientific resources, resources that in many cases are invisible beyond the laboratories or institutions where they were developed. Eagle-i makes it easy to discover resources at a growing network of universities.

The NCI Provocative Questions Project is intended to assemble a list of important but non-obvious questions that will stimulate the NCI's research communities that use laboratory, clinical, and population sciences in especially effective and imaginative ways.

Solutions to complex problems in the sciences require teams of specialists from diverse backgrounds working across the boundaries of disciplinary silos. COALESCE's TEAMSCIENCE project aims to create, and disseminate new, durable, readily-accessible on-line learning resources to enhance skills needed to perform trans-disciplinary, team-based translational research.  

See also: 

Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide (pdf)

Collaboration Success Wizard

Last Updated: 4/28/21