About the Interagency Pain Research Portfolio
The Interagency Pain Research Portfolio database provides information on pain research and training activities supported by the Federal Government. The participating agencies – AHRQ, CDC, DoD, FDA, NIH, and VA – are represented on the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC). The IPRCC is a Federal advisory committee created by the Department of Health and Human Services to enhance pain research efforts and promote collaboration across the government, with the ultimate goals of advancing the fundamental understanding of pain and improving pain-related treatment strategies.
To develop the database and the associated report, a working group of the IPRCC and NIH staff defined primary and secondary tiers of scientifically relevant topic areas into which more than 1200 federally funded research projects were categorized. The Tier 1 categories are broad – basic, translational, and clinical research. The Tier 2 categories define 29 specific topic areas that are uniquely relevant to pain and meaningful to the broad range of agency missions and the needs recognized by the pain research community. Staff across the Federal agencies coded their projects according to these primary and secondary categories and identified projects as relevant to specific pain conditions or groups of pain conditions.
The Tier 2 categories then were organized into 9 overarching research themes to present cohesive units of related projects: Pain Mechanisms, Basic to Clinical, Disparities, Training & Education, Tools & Instruments, Risk Factors & Causes, Surveillance & Human Trials, Overlapping Conditions, and Use of Services, Treatments, & Interventions. More detail regarding the coding process can be found in the 2011 Pain Portfolio Analysis Report .
The database is managed by the Office of Pain Policy, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, under the auspices of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee.