RELEASE DATE:  May 2, 2003

NOTICE:  NOT-HD-03-011

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is 
planning to publish a Request for Applications (RFA) for a Collaborative 
Pediatric Critical Care Research Network.  This notice is to alert potential 
applicants so that they can begin to assemble their research teams to prepare 
applications for this initiative.  

The objective of the RFA will be to establish a network that provides the 
infrastructure to perform clinical trials and descriptive studies in 
pediatric critical care units.  This network will promote the efficient 
evaluation of existing and novel therapies for the treatment of acutely ill 
children, adolescents, and infants (beyond the neonatal period).  A 
compelling need exists to establish a firm evidence base for critical care 
pediatric medicine.  

NICHD anticipates initially funding up to six clinical sites and a data 
coordinating center for the first five years of this project.  The 
requirements for clinical sites will include adequate patient volume, 
demonstrated capability to enroll subjects in clinical trials, presence of 
appropriate multi-disciplinary teams, attention to appropriate outcome 
measures, and scientific competence in areas related to critical care 
medicine.  Applicants for clinical site awards will be asked to propose an 
investigation that the network might undertake.  This proposal will be an 
integral part of the application that the review committee will evaluate.  
Requirements for the data coordinating center will include demonstrated 
competence in managing clinical trials, knowledge and competence in data 
sharing, storage and analysis, appreciation of regulatory and human subjects 
issues, and familiarity with issues in pediatric critical care.


For further information, contact:

Carol Nicholson, M.D., M.S.
Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care and Rehabilitation Research
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 2A03, MSC 7510
Bethesda, MD  20892-7510
Telephone:  (301) 435-6843
FAX:  (301) 402-0832

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