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SIOP Responds to NIH Request for Information on Team Science


by SIOP Administrative Office

SIOP submitted comments June 17 in response to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Request for Information (RFI) on approaches for supporting team science in the biomedical research community.

NIGMS is one of the 27 institutes and centers comprising the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and supports basic research into biological processes. NIGMS also provides NIH-wide leadership in training for the biomedical research workforce.

SIOP’s comments were framed around I-O psychology’s relevance to the study of team science and the Society’s expertise in this field. The Society’s comments summarized key I-O research findings and theory to demonstrate that team-based research is advantageous for advancing scientific discovery and innovation due to the diversity of knowledge and skills of team members and the pooling of shared resources that occurs when teams form. SIOP also made specific recommendations regarding the content of team science project proposals, namely that proposals articulate specific plans for the team’s size, composition, mix of expertise, personality balance, and leadership roles. Finally, SIOP commented on the importance of including indicators of team effectiveness in project proposals.

SIOP is dedicated to ensuring that federal agencies are cognizant of the significance of I-O psychology and how its applications align with their missions and objectives. SIOP’s response to the NIGMS RFI expands an ongoing, Society-wide effort to integrate team science across federal agencies. Further, contributing strengthens SIOP’s authoritative voice as a vital resource in federal policies and decision making.

To learn more about SIOP’s advocacy efforts, visit the government relations page on the SIOP website!