Multi-Institutional Collaborative Grants: Managing Institutional and Geographic Diversity

Erinn Aspinall
Patricia Bradley
Jon Eldredge
Claire Hamasu
Jeanette McCray
Janis Teal

This poster presentation was given at the 2005 Medical Library Association Conference held May 14, 2005 through May 19, 2005.


Objective: To present a model for developing, managing, and implementing multi-institutional collaborative funding that addresses challenges related to geographic and institutional diversity. Methods: Program Evaluation. This poster will address the topic of multi-institutional collaboration through a study of Tribal Connections Four Corners, an NN/LM subcontract funded project that is being carried out by seven institutions in six states. A retrospective analysis will be used to review the methods for developing, managing, and implementing the project. The findings of an external consulting group, which will be examining the collaborative aspect of the project, will be incorporated when relevant. Results: The program evaluation will result in the identification of best practices and lessons learned while developing, managing, and implementing the multi-institutional collaborative grant. Conclusions: Collaborative funding provides an opportunity to distribute the benefits of a project to a wider audience. This, combined with the increased focus on inter-organizational collaboration by the National Institutes of Health, illustrates the need for developing and sharing various models for managing multi-institutional projects. This poster will present one model for addressing the challenges that develop from the institutional and geographic diversity inherent in inter-organizational collaboration. As a result, those involved in or seeking multi-institutional funding will be better prepared to manage the collaborative project from its development through its implementation.