The Smithsonian Institution is a global and national leader in the arena of collections preservation and infrastructure, as well as a central resource for scientific research initiatives. Below is a list of external and internal interdisciplinary partnerships that further the mission of the Institution.
As a central part of its mission to "increase and diffuse knowledge," the Smithsonian partners with universities and other academic institutions across all disciplines.
From Smithsonian's climatologists and biologists to anthropologists, one key research area for the Institution is the Anthropocene, the Age of Humans. The study of humanity's affect on the planet is critical to understanding our past and our future.
Conservation Commons is an action network within the Smithsonian, highlighting the relevance of science and innovative interdisciplinary approaches across science and culture to on-the-ground conservation worldwide.
The Smithsonian leads the charge to preserve cultural heritage both domestically and abroad, hosting conferences, publishing research, training, and staffing disaster recovery teams around the world.
Across the Smithsonian, researchers are grappling with the toll the global ivory trade has taken on the planet's elephant populations. The Institution strives to educate the public about the consequences of purchasing ivory goods.
Smithsonian contributes to various committees of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). This council is organized as a means to coordinate science and technology policy across the diverse entities that make up the Federal research and development enterprise.
The Smithsonian is actively engaged in NEON, the National Ecological Observatory Network, supported by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Major Research Equipment and Facility Construction portfolio.
The Smithsonian is actively engaged in a national, comprehensive approach to promoting the health of honeybees and other pollinators.
The Smithsonian’s Public Access Plan is effective on October 1, 2015, and applies to manuscripts in all major Smithsonian research areas—science, history, art, and culture.
While several directory resources exist at the Smithsonian, none are search-savvy to quickly and easily respond to information requests, identify a research partner, or find a colleague with specific expertise. Smithsonian Profiles, built on the open-source VIVO platform, is designed to solve that problem.