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Team science still needs boosters, says academy

Recognition of researchers involved in joint projects has increased, but much more needs to be done to support these scientists, the Academy of Medical Sciences has said.

In a report published on 12 February, the academy said that the support of funders is vital for team science. The establishment of UK Research and Innovation in April 2018 could lead to an increase the number of funding streams supporting teams, it said.

“Across funders, a welcome shift away from a sole focus on first author publications in grant applications has allowed a broader remit of impacts to be evaluated,” said the academy. Further improvements could come from funders recognising the need for longer timescales and additional financial support for team projects, it added.

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