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Academic Partnerships

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:

  • Apply for a Collaboration Laboratory grant
  • Join our Knowledge-sharing Community

What is the Collaboration Laboratory?

The Collaboration Laboratory is STAR’s facilitated approach to test, refine, and document what works and what does not in creating and sustaining academic partnerships. Through the Collaboration Laboratory, paired academic institutions spend one year working toward a concrete goal or objective they’d like to achieve through a formal partnership.

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

Knowledge-sharing experiments are deeply supportive, facilitated environments. 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.


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 launched its Collaboration Laboratory in August 2019. Through the Collaboration Laboratory, paired academic institutions are supported to complete specific tasks or deliverables that advance global health practice. During laboratory "experiments," STAR staff 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.

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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