Tuesday, June 03, 2014 New Centralized Pain Research Database Launched A new interagency database is offering 1-stop information on a wide range of government-supported research on pain. The Interagency Research Portfolio launched last week combines information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Department of Defense (DOD). Users of the database can search over 1,200 research projects in a multi-tiered system. In Tier 1, grants are organized as basic, translational (research that can be applied to diseases), or clinical research projects. In Tier 2, grants are sorted among 29 scientific topic areas related to pain, such as biobehavioral and psychosocial mechanisms, chronic overlapping conditions, and neurobiological mechanisms. The project was developed by the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, a cross-departmental group created as part of the Affordable Care Act.