At its December 1997 and May 1998 meetings, the CSR identified the topic of research teams and partnerships as an area of broad interest in the chemical sciences community. To provide a forum for exploring this topic, an organizing committee was formed, and a workshop was planned for May 1999. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the circumstances under which research and development (R&D) teams and partnerships in the chemical sector are appropriate and successful. Issues put forward for discussion included examination of the goals of R&D teams and partnerships, the barriers to implementing them, their potential benefits, and the available methodologies for carrying them out. What are the key trends, how are collaborations changing as a result, and how are best practices evolving?
The workshop, “Research Teams and Partnerships: Trends in the Chemical Sciences,” brought together research scientists, managers, and technology transfer specialists from government, industry, and academia to discuss and explore the trends and potential impacts of partnerships and teams for the conduct of research in the chemical sciences.