Faculty collaboration

The University of Iowa recognizes the value in partnering to achieve a common goal and works to foster fruitful collaborations among individuals, teams, disciplines, and institutions. Such partnerships may be formed in response to solicitations seeking multidisciplinary teams, while others are inspired by creative individuals who share a common vision. This section includes resources for identifying potential partners – faculty with interests and expertise in specific areas – and links to institutional resources to facilitate such partnerships.

Team Science

Team science is a particular type of collaborative effort that addresses a scientific challenge by leveraging the strengths and expertise of professionals trained in different fields. Coordinated teams of investigators with diverse skills and knowledge may be especially helpful for studies of complex social problems with multiple causes. Team science resources are given further down this page.

Collaboration Resources

For some of the resources given below, there will be an on-campus link and an off-campus link. UI Libraries provides access to many databases directly to UI faculty, students and staff. Off-campus links may require a HawkID to log in.


The University of Iowa has partnered with KNODE Inc. to help connect researchers at Iowa and elsewhere and to provide direct links to scientific content. KNODE is a Cloud-based tool which provides a comprehensive view of a researcher’s expertise and focuses on researchers in the life sciences. Researcher profiles are generated from a variety of data sources, including MEDLINE/PubMed journal articles, NIH grant projects, biomedicine patents, and KNODE automatically generates and continuously updates expert profiles, eliminating the requirement for manual editing. If you wish, you can also claim your automatically generated profile to update certain information. Please note that KNODE is not intended as an electronic CV, but rather a platform for research networking and profiling. 

University of Iowa’s KNODE Portal
Online KNODE Help   
Feedback on KNODE (beta) can be directed to 

Scopus Largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature,  strong in all areas of the sciences; Scopus also covers hundreds of titles in the social sciences and humanities. Use SCOPUS to find UIowa collaborators:  use one search field for Keyword and add another search field for Affiliation = University of Iowa. UIowa login off-campus will receive prompt for HawkID/password to receive links to full text articles.
Iowa Research Online Iowa Research Online preserves and provides access to the research papers, theses, dissertations, books, conference presentations, journals and multimedia created by University of Iowa faculty, students and staff. This resource is supported by UI Libraries
PubMed PubMed is a free search engine accessing references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics. UIowa login off-campus will receive prompt for HawkID/password to receive links to full text articles.  
NIH Reporter Click to find collaborators within another university or within the University of Iowa.  
Click to enter abstracts or other text to return a list from NIH RePORTER of 100 similar projects.  
Research Gate ResearchGate connects researchers to facilitate accessing scientific output and expertise. Also provides statistics of views, downloads and citations of your publications.
Social Science Research Network Provides rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research; composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.  To search SSRN, in the navigation banner find Top Authors, Top Papers, and Top Organizations.
Web of Science To access the Web of Science, UI login off-campus will receive prompt for HawkID/password to receive links to full text articles. Also this can be found in the list of UIowa general databases; scroll down to click on the Web of Science link to find citation references in Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. 
Google Scholar Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, Google Scholar allows you to search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other sites. UIowa login off-campus will receive prompt for HawkID/password to receive links to full text articles. NSF provides online grants management for the National Science Foundation community.

Additional Resources for Collaborators

Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development resources
UI Libraries
UI Core Facilities   
UI Directory of Centers and Institutes  
UI Carver College of Medicine Core Research Facilities  
UI Carver College of Medicine Research Centers and Institutes and Programs  

Team Science Resources

Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide
UI Workshop in Team Science (May 2015)
Supervising, Mentoring, Coaching in an Era of Team Science
Tools You Can Use: Practical Team Science Guidance for Researchers and University Leaders
Team Science Toolkit (NCI)
Thriving in an Era of Team Science

Comparison of Research Networking Tools and Research Profiling Systems 

An analysis of research networking tools and profiling systems, ranging from those developed at universities for their own use, to those that are free such as KNODE, to those subscription-based services such as Community of Science-Pivot and InfoEd GENIUS/Smarts. Click for page and scroll down to see the list.