The Interagency Research Portfolio, a new interagency database, was recently launched and is designed to offer 1-stop information on a wide range of government-supported research on pain. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) reports that the new database combines information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Department of Defense (DOD).
Users of the database have the ability to search over 1,200 research projects in a multi-tiered system. In Tier 1, grants are organized as basic, translational, or clinical research projects, while in Tier 2 grants are sorted among 29 scientific topic areas related to pain, such as biobehavioral and psychosocial mechanisms, chronic overlapping conditions, and neurobiological mechanisms, according to the APTA news release.
The project was developed by the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, a cross-departmental group created as part of the Affordable Care Act.