Federal Pain Research Database Launched

ninds-27_lThe Interagency Pain Research Portfolio (IPRP) is a database recently launched by six federal agencies—the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The database provides information on over 1,200 pain research and training activities supported by the federal government.

Research projects are organized using a multi-tiered system. Tier 1 organizes grants as basic, translational, or clinical research projects. Tier 2 uses 29 scientific topic areas related to pain to categorize grants. The Tier 2 categories are also organized into 9 overarching research themes in order to group related projects.

The database was developed by NIH and members of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, which is a federal advisory committee formed to increase understanding of pain and improve treatment by expanding research and encouraging collaboration.

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