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Dear Reader,

Peter Drucker has remarked that “what gets measured gets managed.” The history of medical science is replete with instances of significant disease that has been ignored or overlooked simply because we were unaware of what to measure in order to appropriately characterize the underlying pathology. And so with many operations and processes in translational science and clinical research, institutional inertia and historical legacy have precluded critical examination of quantitative measures for various administrative, operational, and logistical aspects.

NCATS instituted the Common Metrics Initiative (CMI) by implementing a common framework developed in collaboration with CTSA Program hubs to collect data reflective of parameters that impact the conduct and efficiency of clinical and translational research. With three years of accumulated data, it's now time to review and reflect on what we have learned both in terms of the metrics themselves as well as the ease of data acquisition. It's clear that many hubs have derived valuable information that has directly influenced internal processes and institutional allocation of resources, and NCATS can see consortium wide improvement.

At the same time, there has been recognition of other suitable processes amenable to measurement as well as a greater focus on measuring impact rather than simply short-term outputs and outcomes. Discussions continued at the Spring CTSA Program Group Meetings that will contribute towards the development CMI 2.0. We hope that these discussions will further stimulate ideas around the metrics themselves, especially in terms of impact, as well as less cumbersome modes of data acquisition, with regard to passive data capture.

As always, we value your opinions and your rationale in this important group effort.

Dr. K 
Michael G. Kurilla, M.D., Ph.D. 
Director of the Division of Clinical Innovation, NCATS

“...when the facts are strongly in my favor I pound the facts, when the law is strongly in my favor I pound the law, and when the facts and law are against me, I pound the table.” - William K. Black.

THE SPOTLIGHT


Multi-Year Common Metrics Reports Now Available!

CMI Report

CLIC is excited to share that the Multi-Year Common Metrics (CM) Reports are now available! In order to access your hubs reports, authorized hub PIs, Administrators and Evaluators need to login to their CLIC website accounts. Additionally, CLIC is hosting two report-related webinars to provide an overview of the analysis process and a question and answer period. The CM team encourages individuals to register for the date that is most convenient for them by clicking the following dates: either March 18 at 4:00 pm ET or March 26 at 12:00 pm ET. 

In an effort to engage the entire consortium in sharing best practices and lessons learned through the Common Metrics Initiative (CMI), the CLIC CM team has created a brief web form to gather stories. We encourage hubs to submit their ‘stories from the field’ via this link, which will be shared and promoted at a program-wide level in blogs, newsletters, social media posts and beyond. Check out some of the previous stories we've shared: 

For questions, contact the CLIC CM Team. To learn more about the CMI, visit the page linked below. 

WHAT'S NEW


Save the Date: CLIC Un-Meeting on Machine Learning & AI

Un-Meeting

On Saturday, June 1, CLIC will be hosting an Un-Meeting focused on the development, enhancement, standardization and regulation of artificial intelligence and deep machine learning approaches at all stages of the translational science spectrum. CLIC will be offering a limited number of travel stipend awards for CTSA Program hub nominees. Each hub is eligible to nominate one individual to receive a stipend award of up to $500 to facilitate participation in the event. Registration will be live on March 22, 2019. Event details will be continually updated via the link below. Please reach out to unmeetings@clic-ctsa.org if you have any questions or would like to learn more!

NCATS Seeks Proposals to Collaborate on Opioid Addiction and Pain Research

HEAL

NCATS is accepting pre-proposals to collaborate with the Center’s intramural scientists to advance promising compounds, drug candidates, and human cell-based models for pain, addiction, and overdose through pre-clinical development. The research collaborations are part of the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term℠) Initiative. Pre-proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. The first pre-proposal deadline is March 18, with full proposals due on April 22. Learn more about NCATS Translational Research Collaboration Opportunities through NIH HEAL.

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation

Rural

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a new Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) funding opportunity yesterday. Under RCORP-Implementation, HRSA will make approximately 75 awards of up to $1 million each to networks and/or consortia to enhance substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), service delivery in high-risk rural communities. Over a three-year period of performance, RCORP-Implementation grant recipients will implement a set of core SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery activities that align with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Five-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis. Closing Date for Applications: May 06, 2019. 

NIH Seeks to Fund Research on Ethical Considerations Related to Biomedical Research

Ethics

NIH has announced a Funding Opportunity Announcement (PAR 19-217) for administrative supplements to support research on bioethical issues to inform future policy directions. Consideration of ethical issues associated with biomedical research is intrinsic to the responsible conduct of science and the translation of scientific and technological advances into practice. The investment in and the integration of bioethics-related research and policy demonstrates NIH’s commitment to safeguarding the integrity of the research that it conducts and supports. Applications will be accepted until May 13, 2019, and all organizations administering an eligible parent award may apply for a supplement under this announcement.

New CLIC Website Features

website

The CLIC website has recently undergone exciting new changes and updates including the addition of a New Hub Guide, a New Member Guide, a Resource Center, an Education Clearinghouse, an updated Common Metrics page and more. We encourage you to explore the pages and help us promote the changes! Please email contact@clic-ctsa.org with any questions or feedback you'd like to share.  

RFI - Institutional Accountability to Promote Inclusive Excellence

Diversity

The NIH Office of Strategic Coordination seeks input on institutional and/or programmatic approaches to advance inclusive excellence through institutional change. Our goal is to employ a cohort model at the faculty level as a catalyst for institutions to create a route of entry and advancement for talent from diverse backgrounds, including scholars from groups underrepresented in the biomedical research enterprise. This Request for Information (RFI) will assist NIH in identifying, developing, and implementing strategies that will work toward this goal. 

New Collaboration & Engagement Health Disparities Work Group

Urban Rural

To help close the gaps observed in patient and community engagement, and to answer the national directive from both houses of Congress calling for expanded translational research that addresses both rural and urban health disparities, the CTSA Program Collaboration and Engagement DTF has established a Health Disparities Work Group (WG). The mission of this WG is to better align the individual CTSA Program hubs, understand the current landscape of health disparity efforts within and outside of CTSA Program hubs, and facilitate connections between hubs and local, state and national efforts. To reach these goals, the WG's plan is to conduct a nationwide landscape analysis to create a list of existing activities that can link CTSA Program hubs with local, state, and national translational health disparity efforts. For more details or if you're interested in joining, click the link below or email collaboration_engagement_dtf@clic-ctsa.org.

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