With societal challenges dominating the EU research agenda, there is an increasing acknowledgment that no one discipline can address the challenges posed by climate change, or in areas such as health and wellbeing, including the current COVID-19 pandemic. We need the most creative and innovative research approaches for the most complex of challenges.
However, researchers, funders and societal partners are sometimes at a loss for best practice on how to collaborate and work across disciplinary boundaries. How can artists work with scientists, or historians work with engineers? How will their research be received by funders? How can they be evaluated?
For more than 2 years, the EU-funded SHAPE-ID project at Trinity College Dublin has been working with European partners to address this challenge, with a particular focus on how to strengthen the integration of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) in inter-and transdisciplinary research with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and societal partners.
SHAPE-ID launched the final project toolkit, which offers practical tools and resources to help researchers, research organisations, funders, policymakers, and societal partners make informed decisions about developing and supporting inter-and transdisciplinary research. The toolkit features, including tailored resources designed to help individuals, research performing organisations and funders to consider the most important issues when developing, designing, evaluating, funding or collaborating on an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary project. It also offers inspiration for researchers in the form of case studies and short interviews with experts.