Training Program Title

Team Science (COALESCE)

CTSA Hub Administered


Contact Information

Leland Bardsley

Team Science Program

Northwestern University


Training Program Description

COALESCE is a free online team science educational resource developed by Northwestern University researchers and designed to foster cross-disciplinary, collaborative research in the health sciences. Modern science relies heavily on specialized methodologies and diverse forms of expertise aiming to discover and apply solutions to complicated challenges. Collaboration has become essential, making translational science a team endeavor necessitating partnerships among scientists trained in different fields and requiring new openness to interdependence, joint ownership, and collective responsibility. This publicly available team science training resource is supported in part by a CTSA grant (3UL1RR025741) and can be accessed at COALESCE features four online modules - an introduction to the science of team science (SciTS) and three modules focused on particular applied areas: basic biomedical, behavioral, and clinical medical sciences. The SciTS modules house short videos, animations, and activities covering a wide range of introductory topics, including assembling, managing, and evaluating a team. Users are able to move freely throughout the module, identifying topics of interest and viewing expert and research-based information on those topics at will. Users self-guide through each of these modules, interacting with multimedia curricula as they make decisions and receive feedback on practical problems. The problems users must successfully navigate to complete each module relate to issues of assembling, launching, and managing the maturation of a cross-disciplinary research team.

Competency Keywords

Translational research, Community engagement, Multicenter studies, Negotiation, Leadership, Mentorship, Workforce development, Teamwork, Team science, Translational teamwork

Digital Commons Disciplines

Interprofessional Education | Life Sciences | Medical Education | Other Medicine and Health Sciences | Public Health | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Translational Medical Research



Cost to Access


Competency Domains

Scientific Concepts and Research Design; Ethical and Participant Safety Considerations; Medicines Development and Regulation; Clinical Trials Operations; Study and Site Management; Data Management and Informatics; Leadership and Professionalism; Communication and Teamwork

Delivery Method


Target Learners

Principal Investigators; Clinical Research Professionals (other than PI); MDs including residents, house officers, fellows, hospitalists; Undergraduate, graduate or professional degree students; Post-doctoral scholars; Community Partners

Learning Level





On demand

Time Needed


Associated Assessment


Assessment Methods

Overall satisfaction, Learning outcomes