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What if I plan on using a research network infrastructure (such as PCORnet) and/or related data resource (such as EMR in health care delivery systems or claims data) in my application?

Applicants that propose to use PCORnet should contact the PCORnet intake team to schedule a consultation and ensure the proposed use of PCORnet is appropriate and feasible, and that budget materials accurately reflect the cost of using PCORnet resources. More information on PCORnet is available here and consultations can be initiated by completing the intake form located here.

Applicants intending to use an existing research network and/or data resource should detail in the appropriate sections of the research plan (e.g., study design or approach, study population and setting, or analytical plan as appropriate) the following, as appropriate:

  • Identify all participating research network entities (e.g., in the case of PCORnet, the names of the participating CDRNs, PPRNs, PCORnet Collaborative Research Groups, Health Plans) collaborating on the project and the affiliated study performance sites.
  • If applicable, describe how data will be managed across study sites within the research network, and whether any dedicated data coordinating functions or facility will be utilized.
  • All applicants utilizing an existing research network and/or data resource should substantiate in the applications familiarity with the network governance policies or data use restrictions and provide documentation supporting the proposed utilization of the research networks and/or data resources.


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