Request for Proposals (RFP) Notice: Pain Consortium Centers of Excellence in Pain Education

Notice Number: NOT-DA-14-040

Key Dates
Release Date: February 24, 2014

Related Announcements
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Issued by
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Purpose

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will solicit proposals from qualified organizations capable of supporting the next phase of the NIH Pain Consortium (see http://painconsortium.nih.gov/CoEPEs.html).  A solicitation will be released through the Federal Business Opportunities website (URL:  https://www.fbo.gov/).  The RFP will be released on or about March 12, 2014 and proposals will be due approximately 45 days thereafter.

Research Initiative Details
The NIH Pain Consortium supports the general principle that better education will lead to better treatment.  In addition, the NIH Pain Consortium supports the argument that better pain treatment is necessary.  The purpose of the current contract is to support the next phase of the NIH Pain Consortium (see http://painconsortium.nih.gov/CoEPEs.html).

The goal of the Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPEs) initiative of the NIH Pain Consortium is to develop pain management training and educational resources for medical, dental, nursing, mental health, physical therapy, pharmacy, and other health professions to advance the assessment, diagnosis, and safe treatment of pain. The pain education curriculum resources will be available through a repository on the NIH Pain Consortium website. The repository will include innovative curriculum resources created by CoEPEs, as well as those adapted from existing successful resources.

NIH seeks leaders in promoting pain education who have an interest in and a history of promoting improved pain education. NIH seeks applicants that can document that they will have the time, ability, and institutional clearance to increase pain education in teaching environments. NIH will favor interprofessional pain education approaches, where students from various health care professions learn together and, where appropriate, work together in the treatment of pain. Further, NIH seeks applicants that demonstrate that they are capable of creating quality case content and videos.

Contractors must:
• Possess the expertise needed to complete the three tasks listed below;

• Have access to the curricula of medical, dental, nursing, mental health, physical therapy, pharmacy, and/or other health care professions (through the Contractor’s internal resources or through a subcontract with an educational institution); and

• Have systems in place to integrate these educational resources into the curricula.

Contractors must complete the following three tasks:
Task 1: The Contractor must incorporate pain education into the learning institutions defined as the CoEPEs. This requirement can be met through either using the Contractor’s own institution or a subcontract with qualified learning institution. The extent to which pain education can be incorporated into the curriculum of a given CoEPE will vary. A Contractor must incorporate pain education into the curriculum of the teaching institutions of its particular CoEPE, as the Contractor describes in its proposal.

Task 2: The Contractor must develop content that will be used in the development of interactive case-based pain education scenarios.

Task 3: The Contractor must evaluate the effectiveness of Tasks 1 and 2 on the students' understanding of pain and the treatment of pain; the Contractor must disseminate these results.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Kara Anderson
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Phone: 301-443-6677
Email: kara.anderson@nih.gov

OR

Ryan C. Cleary
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Phone: 301-443-6677
Email: clearyrc@mail.nih.gov

 

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