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Research Collaborations Bring Big Rewards: The World Needs More


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Research collaborations bring big rewards: the world needs more

The metaphor 'standing on the shoulders of giants' has been much overused by scientists past and present. Today, such 'giants' are not only the investigators named on papers and project grants, but also every other participant in the research process. The future lies in standing on the shoulders of crowds.

These are clearly testing times for collaboration. The stories and data show that there is still some way to travel before all parts of the research enterprise recognize the true value of working across borders, cultures, and disciplines.

However, collaborations are essential—we need diverse teams to tackle global problems such as pandemics, and to help navigate social and geopolitical challenges. COVID-19 has provided a timely reminder that it can be done—and of the enormous rewards it can bring.

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