Multi-center Trial Opportunities Available through GHUCCTS and NIH HEAL Initiative

December 17, 2018

On December 10, 2018, NIH released a notice about their plans to award more than $850 million in support of HEAL Initiative research in fiscal year (FY) 2019 (from funds appropriated in FY 2018 and FY 2019). Most of the 30+ funding opportunities have expiration dates as early as February/March 2019. We would like to share resources that are available to you as a PI within the GHUCCTS consortium. There are two ways to participate – you can either (1) participate by being a site investigator on a study being submitted by an investigator at an outside institution, or (2) propose your own study in response to one of the RFAs.

NIH NCATS established the Trial Innovation Network (TIN) to provide resources to assist with implementing multi-center clinical trials. You may have an opportunity to leverage several of the TIN resources including site identification; cohort discovery; and efficient implementation for your multi center trial through the existing TIN infrastructure (e.g., standardized agreements, NIH NCATS funded single IRBs).

One of the 30+ FOAs is RFA-NS-19-021: A Pain Management Effectiveness Research Network: Clinical Trial Planning and Implementation Cooperative Agreement (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Required- Expiration Date: Feb 2, 2019). The NCATS Trial Innovation Network will serve as clinical, data, and recruitment centers for trials awarded under this FOA (click here to learn more). 

If you are interested in receiving opportunities to collaborate as a site investigator on trials initiated in response to RFA-NS-19-021*, please respond to us by email ( ) and/or complete this form.

If you are interested in responding to RFA-NS-19-021* and submitting an application as PI, the next steps are as follows:

  1. View FAQs related to this FOA
  2. Determine whether you will propose a clinical trial (it may not be required).
  3. Go to this site to find individual CTSA hubs’ HEAL point of contacts (w/ hyperlinks to email HEAL POCs).
  4. Directly contact individual CTSA hubs to determine if CTSA hub wishes to participate in the trial.
    *Please cc on the email, as she is the GHUCCTS CTSA HEAL POC and will help facilitate the process. She can also contact the CTSA hubs on your behalf.
  5. CTSA hubs that wish participate will need to provide cohort numbers and a letter of intent.

If you are interested in leveraging TIN resources, being considered as a site PI for trials, or would just like to be kept up to date with the TIN, please let us know by either responding to this email and/or completing this form.

*The Trial Innovation Network (TIN) will provide data coordination services, clinical coordination services, single IRB functions, biostatistical support, protocol development and recruitment/retention support for awarded studies (RFA-NS-19-021 – anticipated award date: September 2019).

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