Integrative Team Initiatives

The large research questions of our time are by their very nature not only interdisciplinary but increasingly complex, requiring the convergence of a broad set of fields, diverse teams, and new partnerships to address.

As noted by the National Academies, these convergent teams can answer new questions, produce more comprehensive knowledge and generate more effective applied solutions. However, the success of these teams is not a given, but requires adoption of evidence-based team science approaches proven to be effective for building, managing, and sustaining successful teams.

Here we provide a set of resources for UGA faculty to help them form new and strengthen existing teams as well as to successfully prepare, plan and execute large center-scale team research proposals and achieve the deep level of integration such proposals require between  research, education, a culture of diversity and inclusion, and innovation ecosystem.


  • Teaming for Interdisciplinary Research Pre-Seed Program provides early stage developmental funding and support to assist teams in formation and collaboration around critical areas of research expertise or emerging research topics.
  • The Leading Large Integrative Research Teams (L2-IRT) Workshop Series (Inaugural Cohort 2020-21 AY) is a new workshop series offered by the Office of Research targeting mid-career faculty with a track record of interdisciplinary research that is designed to help them in taking the next step leading large integrative research teams.
  • Major Integrative Proposal Planning (MIPP) Award (Planned) will provide faculty team leaders with time and comprehensive support for planning, development, submission, and launch of large-scale integrative proposals.

For more information on any of the existing or planned programs, please contact Larry Hornak, associate vice president for research, integrative team initiatives, at

Resources to support your Integrative Team Effort

UGA Contacts

  • Integrative Initiative Planning and Development Support – Virginia Bacon Talati, Program Coordinator, ; Larry Hornak, AVP,
  • Support for Large Integrative Proposal Development and Submission – Jake Maas, Director of the Office of Proposal Enhancement,
  • Building your Innovation Ecosystem – Crystal Leach, Director of Industry Collaborations,
  • Change Expanding diversity and building a culture of Inclusion – Dominique Quarles, Ph.D., Director of Diversity and Inclusion,
  • Connecting to clinical and translational resources, Brad Phillips, Director UGA site of Georgia CTSA,
  • Building and leveraging existing interdisciplinary graduate programs – Meredith Welch-Devine, Asst. Dean, Graduate School,

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