Penn State University is a research-intensive institution that has the infrastructure to support cross-campus research collaborations. This section of the Collaborator’s Toolbox recommends strategies to help Penn State researchers connect with each other.

Strategy #1: Affiliate with a Cross-Campus Institute

The Penn State CTSI is a collaborative effort of Penn State University, the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and the Penn State College of Medicine. Click here to sign-up for CTSI News and receive the latest news, events, and funding announcements. This digital newsletter is a weekly publication of the Penn State CTSI.

The mission of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) is to foster novel, interdisciplinary research that addresses critical human and social problems at the local, national, and international levels. Through the listserv, the SSRI sends out weekly email announcements that include information about upcoming events and funding opportunities, as well as institute announcements and news. To join the listserv, email a request to:

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences The Huck Institutes (“The Huck”) encompass a highly successful group of interdisciplinary institutes comprised of faculty from colleges and departments across the University system. The 4 institutes that comprise The Huck are: Genome Sciences Institute, Infectious Disease Institute, Institute of the Neurosciences, and the Ecology Institute. To join the listserv, email a request to: L-HUCK-BIG-UP@LISTS.PSU.EDU.

Several cross-campus institutes that support interdisciplinary research. Many institute’s have a newsletter or listserv through which they share important announcements. Keep yourself “in the know” by joining an institute’s newsletter or listserv!

Strategy #2 – Request a Toolbox Workshop

Research collaborations thrive when team members establish ground rules for navigating conflict. The Toolbox helps teams to identify potential sources of conflict by walking through a series of 34 statements that probe participant views on the practice of science. Serving as dialogue prompts, these statements structure a conversation among participants that reveals fundamental research assumptions and generates mutual understanding at a deep level. Additional information on The Toolbox Project may be found at Research Development is available to facilitate these 2-3 hour workshops with PI(s) and their team. Workshops will be scheduled on a first come-first serve basis and should include a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 participants. The Toolbox Project promotes communication within teams and are particularly valuable in the context of researchers from multiple disciplines, professions or sectors.

Strategy #3 – Attend a Networking Event

Millennium Café – University Park
Sponsored by the Materials Research Institute (MRI), Millennium Café is described on the MRI’s website as a “… weekly dialogue catalyzed by coffee, snacks and two diverse research presentations (<10 min) involving students, faculty, and staff. This is an opportunity to spend time “outside the box” developing new ideas and leveraging the collective expertise of the group to innovate.” This weekly networking events is held at the Millennium Science Complex at the University Park campus. Visit the website to learn more about Millennium Café and to request an opportunity to present.

Innovation Café – Hershey
Sponsored by the Office of Technology Development (OTD), Innovation Café is a recurring series of regional forums that feature high profile guest speakers discussing industry innovations, business trends and regulations and their impact on the life science industry. Each event features a start-up company introducing regional stakeholders to entrepreneurs, intellectual capital and commercialization opportunities. The Innovation Cafe is a platform to engage investors, entrepreneurial faculty, talented students and industry professionals committed to building a vibrant start-up community in Central Pennsylvania.