Graham Sustainability Institute

Resource Library

Collaboration, Engagement and Integration

Emerging Opportunities projects bring together the diverse expertise and inclusive engagement needed at key decision points to advance sustainability. The following resources are intended to assist teams in designing and implementing effective collaboration and engagement.


Team Science

  • Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science This 2015 National Research Council report summarizes the available research on team science and provides recommendations to enhance the effectiveness of collaborative research

Action-Oriented Team Science

Toolkits & Guides

  • Eight Toolkits for Transdisciplinarity This document summarizes a series published in the scientific journal GAIA highlighting existing compilations of methods useful for transdisciplinary research. The toolkits cover the following topics: transdisciplinary research in general, collaboration, knowledge synthesis, thinking systematically, and making change happen.
  • Collective Advice for Advancing Collaborative Research Prepared by Julia Wondolleck (U-M SEAS), this guide serves as a resource for those interested in developing end user-driven collaborative research projects at the National Estuarine Research Reserves and beyond.
  • Characterizing end users and stakeholders Developed by the NOAA-funded Science Collaborative to assist investigators applying for a separate funding opportunity for integrated assessments involving the National Estuarine Research Reserves, this worksheet may still be helpful for characterizing engaged partners (i.e., end users) and stakeholders for Emerging Opportunities projects.


Integrated Assessment

One approach to tackling real-world sustainability challenges is Integrated Assessment (IA), an interdisciplinary and collaborative research method that actively involves subject matter experts, decision-makers, and key stakeholders. IA evaluates the environmental, social, and economic aspects of an issue using an iterative and engaged approach that 1) defines and clarifies a complicated sustainability issue, 2) leverages research across disciplines, 3) builds partnerships, and 4) identifies and evaluates options for addressing the issue. An IA approach would be eligible, but is not required, for funding through the Emerging Opportunities program.

Data Management

  • SEAD provides web-based data services to meet the needs of sustainability science researchers.
  • Research Data Services is a network of services throughout the U-M Library to assist you during all phases of the research data lifecycle.


Communication & Media Tips