Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Sustainability and Continuation of Research

While many challenges to advancing research efforts exist, a particularly confounding one for patient advocates is when promising research efforts are funded by NHLBI and the research is completed and published (leading to more questions) and is seemingly forgotten. This lack of continuity leads to further questions and is absent a solid path forward applying what has been learned to next steps in the research effort. Much like PCORI requires researchers to provide a sustainability plan that will provide a map for continuing a given research effort after the PCORI funding for the project ends, it seems reasonable that NIH ask its research grantees for a plan for moving the science forward beyond the particular funded project.

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