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RFP: Improving Transplant Center Metrics

Mar 16, 2016

Do you have an idea for revising transplant center metrics to increase the number of transplants? The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), ASTS, and AST’s Transplantation and Immunology Research Network (TIRN) are soliciting research proposals for developing and testing new transplant center performance metrics that are intended to reduce undue risk aversion among centers, incentivize innovation, and protect patient safety.

The goal is to identify evidence-based, data-driven alternative or supplemental transplant center metrics that result in a measurable increase in the number of organ transplants without compromising patient safety or quality of care. The most competitive proposals will test new metrics through retrospective data analysis and the design of a prospective pilot evaluation. To the extent feasible, the pilot evaluation should use a randomized controlled trial design.

Deadline to submit proposals:  May 1, 2016

Submit proposals via email to: TransplantRFP@arnoldfoundation.org

Proposals are welcome from academic, government, and industry-based investigators. The funding amount will vary based on the type and scope of the research, and the funding will be for one year beginning July 1, 2016. Only direct expenses will be covered. For more details, including proposal criteria and other requirements, click here.

Grants will be awarded on the basis of novel ideas, feasibility of obtaining relevant data, prior work completed, quality of the team, and other determining factors.

Please direct all questions concerning this RFP to: TransplantRFP@arnoldfoundation.org.