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Academic Partnerships

While knowledge sharing is common between individual practitioners and between organizations, academic institutions are often the “missing link” in the global health knowledge sharing ecosystem.

The role of academic institutions in global health isn’t limited to education. Global health professionals are constantly generating new research and evidence – but the challenge is making it understandable and accessible for practitioners who are applying it daily.

STAR is harnessing the power of academic institutions to make the latest knowledge more understandable and accessible – so geography, resources, and organizational capacity don’t stand in the way of building great programs. The Project’s Collaboration Laboratory will connect academic and other types of institutions, global health practitioners, and the latest technical knowledge. Through the Collaboration Laboratory, academic institutions can apply to complete a knowledge-sharing experiment, in partnership with an institution from a different country. These experiments are aimed at solving global health challenges, and promoting equitable, lasting partnerships between academic institutions across the globe. Paired institutions receive small grants to support their partnership, and access to a range of STAR resources and support.

STAR’s academic institutional partnerships are focused on:

  • Providing opportunities for institutions to learn from each other and experts in the field to exchange best practices, so they can sharpen their technical knowledge
  • Spurring and supporting innovation in global health curriculum, research, programs, and delivery of services
  • Examining what works and what doesn’t in cross-geographic academic partnerships, including determinants of equity, trust, and sustainability

Sustaining the collective experience, expertise, and resources for future participants

Frequently Asked Questions

STAR’s Knowledge Sharing Vision

What’s the purpose of STAR’s knowledge-sharing mandate?

STAR will pair academic institutions in knowledge-sharing experiments. The goal is to stimulate out-of-the-box thinking and creative solutions for complex global health challenges, and better understand what makes for long-term, respectful, and sustainable partnerships between academic institutions in different countries.

Knowledge-sharing experiments are deeply supportive, facilitated environments. STAR will either pair one US-based and one overseas academic institution; or two overseas academic institutions (from different countries/regions). For example: a U.S.-based university that’s working to bolster its curriculum on a global health topic (ex: health equity and social justice) may be paired with an overseas university that has a well-established academic program in that area. This kind of bi-directional learning is critical in our globalized world.

How will you facilitate knowledge sharing and experiments among institutions?

STAR will launch its Collaboration Laboratory, which is an approach to knowledge sharing, rather than a platform. Through the Collaboration Laboratory, working groups will convene and organize to complete specific tasks or deliverables that advance global health practice. During laboratory experiments, STAR staff will also document successes and challenges in creating mutually-benefitting partnerships between institutions, in order to refine a scalable and replicable partnership model for academic institutions globally.

Application Process and Eligibility

What's the application process to become an academic partner?

Institutions will respond to a Request for Applications (RfA). The RfA will outline the criteria and guidelines for participation, as well as resources available to support their experiments.

Do academic institutions have to pre-identify a partner to apply for grants?

We anticipate and will allow for three types of proposals:

1. A partnership that already exists but would like to propose a new and agreed-upon scope of work (clear 12-month objective)

2 Pre-identified partners, who have not previously worked together, but submit a joint scope of work

3. An individual academic institution that proposes a scope of work that could be carried out with another institution (STAR will then pair the institutions)

Equal consideration will be given to all three types of proposals. It’s important that all three will be a formal partnership, not simply a collaboration.

Can academic institutions that are not host sites (for Fellows/Interns) still apply?

Yes. Academic partnerships are not limited to host sites.

Resources and Support

Do paired academic institutions receive financial support toward their knowledge-sharing collaborations?

Yes, each pair will receive a small grant to support their partnership and the achievement of their goal.

What will the grant cover?

It is intended to support in-person or virtual facilitated meetings, learning events, or equipment needs to ensure the sustainability of the partnership. It will not be used to cover personnel time, funding gaps, institutional capacity/funding needs, or incidental travel outside of the parameters of the experiment.

Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute Implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, University of California, San Francisco, and Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

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