Leading a collaboration

Leading a Collaboration

For researchers in the natural sciences who wish to lead collaborative projects

16 experts in collaboration, including researchers, funders, editors and professionals

11.5 hours of learning

15-minute bite-sized lessons

3-module course with certificate

About this course

If you already have collaborative experience and are ready to initiate your own research collaboration, ‘Leading a Collaboration’ covers all aspects of setting up, leading, managing and closing down your own collaborative research project.

What you’ll learn

  • Identify and approach potential collaborators with the right skills and expertise
  • Effective leadership behaviours to drive a successful project
  • Set up collaboration agreements, codes of conduct, and project management plans
  • Seek and apply for funding for your project
  • Keep collaborators motivated, monitor progress, and address delays
  • Manage challenges including conflict between collaborators, stress, ethical misconduct, administering shared funds and resources, and going over-budget
  • Maximise the outputs, value and impact of your collaboration
  • Publishing collaborative papers
  • How to wrap-up a collaborative project that has reached its goals, or end a project early if required

The course

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Initiating and leading a collaboration

13 lessons 5h

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Running and troubleshooting a collaboration

6 lessons 2h 30m

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Outputs and next steps

10 lessons 4h

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Developed with expert academics and professionals

This course has been created with an international team of experts with a wide range of experience, including:

  • Interdisciplinary and international collaborations
  • Publications resulting from collaborative research
  • The sociology of collaboration
  • Collaborative tools
  • Science communication
  • Funding opportunities for collaborative efforts
  • Institutional support for research collaboration

Tulika Bose

Professor of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Luke Fleet

Senior Editor, Nature

Mark Hahnel

Founder, Figshare

W. John Kao

Chair Professor of Translational Medical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong


Pep Pàmies

Chief Editor, Nature Biomedical Engineering, Springer Nature

Paola Quattroni

Research Funding Manager (Data), Cancer Research UK


Kathrin Zippel

Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University

Advice from experienced collaborators

The course also has additional insights through interviews from:

Louise Ashton

Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong

J. Michael Cherry

Professor of Genetics, Stanford University

Adriane Esquivel Muelbert

Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

John Hammersley

Co-founder and CEO, Overleaf

Brian Nosek

Executive Director, The Center for Open Science

George Pankiewicz

Unified Model Partnerships Manager, Met Office

Doris Schroeder

Director of Centre for Professional Ethics, UCLan School of Sport and Health Sciences

Malcolm Skingle

Director, Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline

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