Working with the Pain Care Coalition, APS has played an important role advocating for increased federal funding for pain research, which led to the long-awaited announcement by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on October 20, 2017, of its Federal Pain Research Strategy (FPRS) Overview.
Developed by the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) and the NIH Office of Pain Policy, the FPRS eventually will foster a long-term strategic plan to advance the federal pain research agenda. The strategy encompasses the missions of all federal agencies and departments supporting pain research. The priorities of the FPRS are intended to guide strategic research planning and support funding decisions to fill crucial gaps in the federal pain research portfolio.
The FPRS completes the National Pain Strategy (NPS) section on pain research and includes an agenda to develop physiological, clinical, behavioral, psychological, outcomes, and health services research and appropriate links across these domains that align with the NPS.
“The FPRS is now official. It was a long time coming, and represents an important milestone for advancing pain research at NIH,” said APS President David Williams, PhD. “Our work isn’t finished, however. APS will continue to be a persistent voice advocating the critical need to increased public and private funding of pain research grants.”