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International Partnerships

The physical and natural laws of science apply to and influence all mankind equally. Moreover, the scientific method as a way of understanding the world rests on systematic observations and measurements (objective evidence) used to continuously test and modify our hypotheses. In that sense, science is universal and global. The challenges it tackles and the mysteries it solves are universal. But science is driven by scientists: scientists with different backgrounds and cultures, which have shaped their approach to and outlook on science. This is a tremendous opportunity to increase our capacity to advance common knowledge by working together, shaping one question in distinctly different way, seeking the answer using fresh, new strategies.

Modern technology, from the jet engine to the undersea fiber optic cable have allowed scientists to seize this opportunity bringing the era of international science. Projects like ours could not be possible without the international partnership, which manages our global network of observatories. Most of the big questions we try to answer with science today require expertise and resources beyond the capabilities of a single nation. GROWTH is not just one more example of this trend. We strive to pioneer new practices that advance international partnerships and equip the next generation of astronomers with the skillset necessary for them to thrive in this global scientific environment. We'll use this pages to document our progress during the lifetime of the project.

GROWTH is meant to grow. Scientific groups as well as individual astronomers can contact us to discuss new partnership opportunities.

GROWTH Impact in Year 1 (2015-2016)

The following graphs represent a summary of survey data administered to the GROWTH team at the end of Year 1. The response rate was 55%. For further details about the survey , data collection and to request a copy of the evaluation report, please contact the GROWTH Program Coordinator, Iva Kostadinova at

Fig 28 from SmartStart Annual Evaluation Report 2015-2016. The figure displays the way participants rated their collaborations on a 5 point scale, 5 being the highest lavel of collaboration.

Fig 29 from SmartStart Annual Evaluation Report 2015-2016. The figure maps out the collaborations among partners based on the authorship of GROWTH publications

Fig 31 from SmartStart Annual Evaluation Report 2015-2016

GROWTH is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No 1545949. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.