Center for Collaborative Science
We are dedicated to transforming science into actions that increase the resiliency of communities and environments. Using collaborative principles and techniques, we build the capacity of research teams, public agencies, municipalities, nonprofits, and businesses to fund, conduct, and use credible, relevant science to address critical community challenges now, and in the future. We also develop trainings and offer consultations for students, scientists, and others interested in building their capacity to link science to decision making. Our focus areas include ecosystem-based management, climate change adaptation and mitigation; community planning; water quality management; and habitat restoration and conservation.
Interested in learning more about collaborative approaches to research?
- As the NERRS Science Collaborative enters the last phase of its work, formative evaluation data indicates benefits and challenges in a collaborative approach to research. Learn more.
- Frequently asked questions about our approach to collaborative research. FAQ pdf
Interested in building the knowledge and skills necessary to link ecosystem science to decision making?
- Learn more about the UNH TIDES graduate program.
- Visit NOAA's Digital Coast to browse the trainings and other resources they offer to support collaborative processes and research.
- Program design, management, and evaluation for NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative
- Partnership development to advance science and management of ocean acidification for the Alliance for Coastal Technology which fosters the development and adoption of effective and reliable water quality sensors and platforms.
- Building capacity to provide relevant, useful science for the Infrastructure & Climate Network, a group of academics, students, and practitioners dedicated to accelerating climate science and engineering research in the Northeastern United States.
- Designing and managing a participatory process to engage scientists and stakeholders in the management of shellfish contamination for the Safe Beaches and Shellfish Initiative a component of the New England Sustainability Consortium.
We provide training, consultation, and direct services to help scientists and a range of stakeholders engage in collaborative research and partnerships focused on creating more sustainable communities. We provide support for participatory process design and management, facilitation and conflict resolution; needs assessment and problem definition, strategic planning and project management; and science translation and communications.