The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications for UH2/UH3 cooperative agreements for Demonstration Projects for efficient, large-scale pragmatic clinical trials focused on management of patients with multiple chronic conditions. Trials must be conducted across two or more health care systems (HCS) and must be conducted as part of the NIH HCS Research Collaboratory supported through the NIH Common Fund (seehttps://commonfund.nih.gov/hcscollaboratory). Awards made through this FOA will initially support a one-year milestone-driven planning phase (UH2), with possible rapid transition to the implementation phase (UH3) for a pragmatic trial Demonstration Project. UH3s will be awarded after administrative review of eligible UH2s that have met the scientific milestone and feasibility requirements necessary for the UH3 implementation phase, depending on the availability of funds. The UH2/UH3 application must be submitted as a single application, and applicants should note specific instructions for each phase in this FOA.
The overall goal of the NIH HCS Research Collaboratory program is to strengthen the national capacity to implement cost-effective, large-scale research studies that engage health care delivery organizations as research partners. The NIH HCS Research Collaboratory Program has established a Collaboratory Coordinating Center (CCC) that is providing national leadership and technical expertise in all aspects of research with HCS. After awards are made by NIH, the CCC (https://www.nihcollaboratory.org/Pages/default.aspx) will work with successful awardees from this FOA to facilitate the planning and rapid execution of high impact Demonstration Projects that conduct research studies in partnerships with health care delivery systems, ultimately making available data, tools and resources from Collaboratory research projects to develop a broadened base of research partnerships with HCS. This FOA extends the current Collaboratory program to address the critical need for pragmatic research on the management of multiple chronic conditions.