Team science

This project examined the current incentives and disincentives for individual researchers participating in ‘team science’, and how to improve reward and recognition for their contributions.


'Team science’ is becoming increasingly common across all fields of research. Teams spanning different specialties/disciplines and geographical centres are often needed to tackle contemporary research questions in biomedical science. It is therefore important to facilitate researchers to gain maximum benefit from their participation in ‘team science’. However, current recognition frameworks do not always adequately capture or celebrate individuals’ contributions to ‘team science’ projects.

The project aimed to understand the current incentives and disincentives for researchers participating – or considering participation – in ‘team science’. As part of this process, we looked at how individuals can be appropriately rewarded and recognised for their contributions when working as part of a team.

The Academy of Medical Sciences has conducted an independent study into these issues to inform future policy within and beyond the UK.

This study was led by an expert Working Group, and particularly engaged with researchers, publishers, employers and funders – including those funders undertaking research assessment exercises.

The Working Group collected written evidence in late 2014 and engaged with a wide range of stakeholder groups to develop the project's conclusions and policy recommendations. 

Although the report is now complete, we welcome contact from interested parties. Please send an email to or contact the Lead Secretariat, Dr Mehwaesh Islam on +44 (0)20 3141 3240.  A follow-up meeting is planned for spring/summer 2018, two years on from the launch of the initial report. 

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