Building Team Science – Opportunities to Propose Ancillary Studies to the Framingham Heart Study
As described in the previous post, “Transformation is in the air…future directions in epidemiology,” the NHLBI described a planned limited contract renewal of the Framingham Heart Study. The new contract, to start in 2015, will begin the transformation of epidemiology and will have a different structure and format from the previous scientific work scope. Consequently, Framingham Heart Study investigators are encouraging collaboration with interested outside investigators to assemble a portfolio of investigator-initiated grant applications for innovative research that involves new data collection from the participants. If you are interested, now is the time to contact the Framingham Heart Study.
Interested investigators should consider the following as they begin this process:
• The study has its own policies, procedures, and timeline for reviewing and approving ancillary study proposals before a grant application may be submitted for funding.
• Consultation with the study is necessary to ensure the proposed research is appropriate for the study population, ascertain existing data availability, and determine resource needs.
Submission of applications proposing new data collection in study participants should be coordinated so the participant exam components can be conducted in a single participant visit, in order to minimize participant burden and cost.
If you are interested, please visit the study web site via the links provided above, or contact the study directly. The study has announcements regarding this collaborative application process and can provide the necessary information to proceed.
Prepared by the Epidemiology Branch