#7 Moving science from ‘I’ to ‘we’

To celebrate the Academy’s 20th birthday, we have put together a snapshot of 20 of our biggest impacts. To find out more about our 20th celebrations and our future plans, read this blog by our President Professor Sir Robert Lechler, and follow #AMS20 on social media.

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#7 Moving science from ‘I’ to ‘we’

“Collaboration is crucial to research and innovation. To address the pressing health challenges of our time we must bring expertise and skills from a range of different disciplines to bear on them.

“The Academy has identified innovative ways to make sure researchers are rewarded for working together – allowing for greater collaboration and making teamwork a more attractive option.”

Professor Sir Mark Walport FRS FMedSci, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation

Working in multidisciplinary teams is vital for research to address the most pressing health and societal challenges, but too few researchers are incentivised and rewarded for working in collaborations. In 2016, the Academy published a report looking at the barriers to teamwork in science, most importantly the lack of individual recognition.

The report has galvanised the research community to incentivise team science. In the publishing sector, the individual CRediT system has been implemented at over 120 journals, and over 4 million researchers have created unique digital ORCID identities. Funders including Wellcome and the Academy itself have now mandated that all grant applications must outline inputs by individual researchers, while the Academy continues to provide advice about team science best practice through events, training and our website.

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