Academic institutions produce research, teaching tools, and innovations to solve the most stubborn global health challenges. But their contributions don’t always make it out of the lab and into the hands of the broader global health community. STAR’s Academic Partnerships program is working to change that. STAR encourages institutions in both the U.S. and around the world to partner mutually and beneficially, and to share knowledge towards the development of stronger global health programs.
STAR provides two avenues for academic partnerships:
Frequently Asked Questions
STAR’s Knowledge Sharing Vision
What’s the purpose of STAR’s knowledge-sharing mandate?
Paired academic institutions will engage 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. Pairs may consist of 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.
Why are they referred to as "experiments?"
STAR's emphasis on a laboratory approach to collaboration emphasizes experimentation and our curiousity about what conditions support successful, long-lasting partnerships.
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, paired academic institutions 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 and sustaining mutually-beneficial 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. The RfA will open in July 2019.
Do academic institutions have to pre-identify a partner to apply for grants?
We anticipate and will allow for three types of proposals:
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.
Who can I contact for more information?
If you have questions about the Collaboration Laboratory or STAR's knowledge-sharing community, please reach out to the Academic Partnerships team at firstname.lastname@example.org.