A One-Stop Shop for Federally Funded Pain Research Data
Six federal agencies launched the Interagency Pain Research Portfolio database this week to link and consolidate information on federally-funded pain research. The database—a collaboration among the Agency for Healthcare Research & 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—allows users to search over 1,200 research projects on topics from pain mechanisms to training and education. Its primary purpose is to aid funding agencies and grant applicants in determining whether a pending research proposal overlaps with prior federally-funded work. Members of the advisory committee that oversaw the database’s creation hope it will also help federal funding agencies identify gaps in research and better allocate funds over time.