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Collaboration Laboratory Frequently Asked Questions


WHAT IS THE STAR PROJECT?
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a five-year Project of the Public Health Institute, funded by USAID and implemented in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).

STAR has three key components:

  • A Fellowship and Internship program with tailored individual learning and growth opportunities
  • Capacity-building for Fellowship/Internship host organizations
  • Academic partnerships and a knowledge sharing community between U.S. and low- and middle-income country (LMIC) institutions

CUGH’s role on the STAR Project is to engage the academic global health community while supporting STAR’s Academic Partnerships (AP) team to better understand how to encourage mutually beneficial global health academic partnerships and knowledge sharing towards the development of stronger global health programs.


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 will spend one year working toward a concrete goal or objective. Simultaneously, STAR staff will document their successes, challenges and lessons learned for internal and external learning.


WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE COLLABORATION LABORATORY?
The aim of the Collaboration Laboratory is to better understand the components that contribute to a strong, equitable partnership.

Additional goals include:

  • Building a diverse network of stronger academic partnerships to better support global health programming
  • Facilitating dialogue among academic institutions
  • Reframing what a mutually benefiting, respectful partnership looks like between US and LMIC academic institutions

WHAT ARE EXAMPLE TASKS/PROJECTS?
Collaboration Laboratory tasks/projects are not prescriptive; applicants are free to propose ideas that involve another academic institutional partner, are specific to global health work, and can be completed in ≤ (less than or equal to) 12 months.

Examples include:

  • A research project or paper
  • Course or curriculum development
  • Training or workshop
  • Toolkit
  • Creation of digital libraries or other digital technology to share resources
  • Small-scale initiative that is part of an existing project/program/task
  • Communications or marketing product

DO PAIRED ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS RECEIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT TOWARD THEIR COLLABORATION LABORATORY PARTICIPATION?
Yes, each pair will receive a mini grant towards the achievement of their project. In Project Year 1, STAR will support four Collaboration Laboratory pairs, with each receiving USD $15,000 to incentivize project completion and knowledge-exchange efforts. Please review the Request for Applications instructions to see funding guidelines.


WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE COLLABORATION LABORATORY?
A Request for Applications (RfA) will launch in July 2019 on STAR’s website. The RfA outlines the criteria and guidelines for participation, as well as resources available to support the experiments. Submissions close on August 9 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Sign up for the STAR listserv to be notified when the RfA goes live. Any questions about the RfA can be sent to academicpartnerships@ghstar.org.


WHO CAN APPLY?
As part of the RfA process, institutions will identify a concrete task or issue that it would like to achieve through a formalized partnership.

STAR will accept three types of applications:

  1. A pre-existing partnership consisting of two academic institutions that propose a new and mutually agreed upon task/project. The task/project can be part of a larger project. Pairings must be either: U.S. – LMIC, OR LMIC – LMIC.
  2. Pre-identified partners who have not previously worked together, or do not currently have an existing partnership. Pairings must be either: U.S. – LMIC, OR LMIC – LMIC.
  3. An unpaired, individual academic institution that proposes a scope of work that can be carried out with another academic institution. Pairings must be either: U.S. – LMIC, OR LMIC – LMIC.

Equal consideration will be given to all three types of applications. STAR is committed to promoting equal opportunity through this solicitation and will be conducting a blind evaluation process to ensure fairness and inclusion.

STAR will notify awardees by August 28. Selected institutions will have until September 26, 2019, to accept the pairing and project, as well as sign and submit an agreement with CUGH and a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between partners.

COLLABORATION LABORATORY

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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