• Consider funding collaborations between U.S. and Canadian researchers around topics of common interest.

  • Consider how programs such as Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards could contribute to international collaborative efforts in psychology.

  • Offer training to senior and junior researchers in cross-cultural/international communication (as businesses do) to reduce the tendency to believe that “the way we do psychology in the United States is the only right way” and to minimize instances where investigators from other countries perceive a lack of respect or sensitivity to cultural differences. Prepare mentors and make them available. (These would be persons not directly involved in the collaboration itself who know something about both the participating countries and the subject matter of the research).

  • Consider offering some U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Psychological Science meetings as venues for discussion of projects (using as a model the Board on Comparative and International Studies in Education of the National Research Council, which served this function for international educational research in the 1990s).

  • Organize small group meetings (or workshops) at existing international meetings to plan research and provide funds to attend these meetings or short-term travel as a follow-up. Researchers are more interested in discussing collaborations relating to topics in their field than talking about international collaboration in an abstract or generic sense.

  • Develop models for explaining the contributions that international research undertaken in a collaboration framework can make and suggest follow-through on selected topics.

  • Develop a network to assist international scholars in preparing articles based on international collaborative research to meet the policies and practices of U.S. journals.

  • Consider models for developing and disseminating measures and methods for international collaborative research in selected areas.

  • Develop models for disseminating the results of internationally collaborative projects (executive summaries, policy briefs for different audiences including those in participating countries, Web pages). It can be helpful to issue some publications at the midpoint of long projects in order to keep sponsors and researchers engaged.



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