Initiatives

Accelerated Research Agreements

The Accelerated Research Agreements Initiative provides agreements that are acceptable to participating institutions and organizations; when used, these will expedite the study initiation process.

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Accrual to Clinical Trials ACT

NCATS’ CTSA Program ACT is a national network of sites that share electronic health record (EHR) data with the goal of significantly increasing participant accrual to the nation’s highest priority clinical trials.

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Collaborative Innovation Suite of Awards

The purpose of the CTSA Program Collaborative Innovation Suite of Awards is to stimulate team-based research across the CTSA Program and to disseminate discoveries across the network.

CTSA Program Collaborative Innovation Suite of Awards – Resource Booklet

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Common Metrics Initiative

The Common Metrics Initiative is a collaborative process with the CTSA Program hubs to develop, implement and report on specific metrics that are common across all hubs.  The vision for the NCATS Common Metrics Initiative is to use specific common metrics to demonstrate and improve the impact of the CTSA Program.

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CTSA Program Coordinating Center

The CTSA Program Coordinating Center helps advance collaboration, enhances communication and outreach, and provides administrative support for the national consortium of hubs.  The University of Rochester was funded in 2017 to implement the Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration (CLIC).

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CTSA Program Data to Health Coordinating Center

The CTSA Program Data to Health Coordination Center (CD2H) will support a vibrant and evolving informatics ecosystem for the CTSA Program.  The Oregon Health & Science University, Northwestern University, University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Sage Bionetworks, together with The Scripps Research Institute, Washington University in St. Louis, The University of Iowa, and The Jackson Laboratory were funded in 2017 to implement CD2H.

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NCATS Streamlined, Multisite, Accelerated Resources for Trials (SMART) Internal Review Board (IRB) Platform

NCATS SMART IRB is a platform designed to ease common challenges and burdens associated with initiating multisite research and to provide a roadmap for institutions to implement the NIH Single IRB Review policy. Through a flexible master IRB reliance agreement, standard operating procedures, and complementary tools and resources, SMART IRB supports and facilitates and harmonization across the nation.

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Trial Innovation Network

NCATS vision for the Trial Innovation Network is to address critical roadblocks in clinical trials and accelerate the translation of novel interventions into life-saving therapies. The Trial Innovation Network focuses on operational innovation, operational excellence and collaboration and will leverage the expertise and resources of the CTSA Program.

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