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What is the Collaboration Laboratory?
One of the Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) Project’s primary goals is to develop a better understanding about how to create respectful and mutually beneficial partnerships that will strengthen and contribute to better global health practice by actively sharing data and information. One element of this work involves pairing academic institutions in order to develop, test, and codify best practices for partnerships. STAR’s strategic approach to studying these partnerships is called the Collaboration Laboratory.

The main goals of the Collaboration Laboratory are to:

  • Reframe academic partnership challenges
  • Develop new innovations and knowledge sharing techniques to solve problems
  • Build a diverse network and stronger partnerships
  • Facilitate dialogue among participants and academic institutions

Why is it called a Laboratory?
The 'laboratory' in its name emphasizes experimentation with known and developing partnership models between U.S. and overseas-based academic institutions of all sizes and capacities. The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), a partner under the STAR Project, will leverage a rigorous Request for Applications (RfA) solicitation and selection process, where four pairs of academic institutions will join the Collaboration Laboratory to solve a problem or generate new knowledge in global health. The pairs can be one U.S. and one overseas-based academic institution, or two overseas academic institutions (from different countries/regions).

STAR will support four Collaboration Laboratory experiments, with each pairing receiving USD $15,000 to incentivize and support partnership and knowledge-exchange efforts.

Where can I go for more information?
Check out the Academic Partnerships page on our website for more information and some answers to frequently asked questions. For further assistance, please contact us at academicpartnerships@ghstar.org.