Integrating team science into evaluation planning for NSF Center proposals

Beginning in 2019, the National Science Foundation mandated "convergence" strategies in Gen 4 Engineering Research Center proposals and "integrative strategies" in Science and Technology Center proposals. Both solicitations referenced the literature on team science as guidance. This interactive session will introduce participants to an array of team science practices designed to enhance system evaluation planning in the context of NSF research center proposals.

Participants will gain an understanding of team science, the organizational infrastructure and policies needed to support team science in proposal development, and strategies for integrating team science measures into evaluation planning for generally required components of next generation NSF research center proposals.  Participants will leave with strategies for working with stakeholders including research thrust leaders and investigators, public school partners, and community stakeholders; developing system and thrust logic models collaboratively with research thrust leaders; and team science measures and standards for NSF Center proposals.


Theresa Lant, Ph.D. is the Academic Director of the Arts & Entertainment Management Program at the Lubin School of Business, Pace University, NYC. She has over 30 years of experience teaching at the undergraduate, Masters, doctoral, and executive level. Theresa is an internationally recognized scholar whose work is highly cited. Her research examines the influence of cognition on learning and adaptation in teams and organizations. Her current research explores cognition and learning processes in interdisciplinary teams including in-depth research on 60+ interdisciplinary teams vying for Center status at one large school of medicine. With funding by the NSF Science of Science Policy (SciSP) program, Theresa and her colleagues conducted a multisite field experiment to determine the impact of two forms of training on the outcomes of interdisciplinary/translational teams within 7 large schools of medicine around the country. In addition to running the training workshops at numerous medical schools, she has also done workshops at Science of Team Science (SciTS) conferences and presented research findings at the SciTS group of the National Institutes of Health and at the Academy of Management Annual Meetings. This research has also been highlighted in the National Academies of Science report “Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science,” (Nancy J. Cooke and Margaret L. Hilton, Editors; Committee on the Science of Team Science; Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Research Council).

Camille Coley, J.D., is a Vice President of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Camille has facilitated numerous large research team proposals, including Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center award funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and FAU’s Center of Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology. She has also served as a panel reviewer for NSF’s Engineering Research Center program. Camille has been a research development professional for over 18 years serving in various leadership positions at Florida Atlantic University and the American Museum of Natural History. Camille is a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals as well as a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators, where she has led annual conference workshops on proposal development. She is also a Research Administrators Certification Council Certified Research Administrator.

Susan Day, Ph.D. is the principal of Susan Day-Whiting Research Development Services, a consulting firm specializing in research and proposal development, NSF engineering and computer science programs and evaluation. Susan has 7 years of experience in research development and over 25 years’ experience in the field of policy and program implementation and evaluation. She has conducted evaluations supported by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services as well as the National Science Foundation. Susan currently serves as the internal assessment coordinator for an NSF Gen 4 Engineering Research Center finalist.