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Applications Open for STAR's Collaboration Laboratory

July 08, 2019

Applications for the Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) Collaboration Laboratory mini grants are now open. The Collaboration Laboratory is STAR’s facilitated approach to test, refine, and document what works and what does not in creating and sustaining mutually benefiting academic partnerships. Through the Collaboration Laboratory, paired academic institutions from the U.S. and low- and middle-income countries will spend one year working toward a concrete goal or objective. STAR will support four Collaboration Laboratory experiments, with each pairing receiving USD $15,000 to incentivize and support partnership and knowledge-exchange efforts, and document the partnerships' successes, challenges, and lessons learned for internal and external learning.

Example projects include: joint research publication; course or curriculum development; training or workshop; toolkit; small-scale initiative that is part of an existing project or program; or a communications or marketing product.

Learn more and apply. Applications are due on August 9, 2019.

Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute, implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, the Consortium of Universirties for Global Health, and University of California at San Francisco.


What is the Collaboration Laboratory?

One of the Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) Project’s primary goals is to develop a better understanding about how to create respectful and mutually beneficial partnerships that will strengthen and contribute to better global health practice by actively sharing data and information. One element of this work involves pairing academic institutions in order to develop, test, and codify best practices for partnerships. STAR’s strategic approach to studying these partnerships is called the Collaboration Laboratory. 

The main goals of the Collaboration Laboratory are to:

  • Reframe academic partnership challenges
  • Develop new innovations and knowledge sharing techniques to solve problems
  • Build a diverse network and stronger partnerships
  • Facilitate dialogue among participants and academic institutions

The 'laboratory' in its name emphasizes experimentation with known and developing partnership models between U.S. and overseas-based academic institutions of all sizes and capacities. The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), a partner under the STAR Project, will leverage a rigorous Request for Applications (RfA) solicitation and selection process, where four pairs of academic institutions will join the Collaboration Laboratory to solve a problem or generate new knowledge in global health. The pairs can be one U.S. and one overseas-based academic institution, or two overseas academic institutions (from different countries/regions). STAR will support four Collaboration Laboratory experiments, with each pairing receiving USD $15,000 to incentivize and support partnership and knowledge-exchange efforts.

Learn more: Visit the Academic Partnerships page on the STAR website for more information and some answers to frequently asked questions. For further assistance, please contact us at academicpartnerships@ghstar.org.



  • July 8: Collaboration Laboratory RfA opens
  • July 22: Deadline for questions, send to academicpartnerships@ghstar.org
  • July 26: Answers will be disseminated via ghstar.org
  • August 9: RfA closes
  • August 28: Awardees notified