Proposals for research studies can be submitted by any member of the Steering Committee. Guidelines for submission are outlined below.
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Complicated Monochorionic Twin Pregnancies Registry:
See under Protocol 01/13 on the Research Protocols page for details on submitting a query for this registry.
Data requests are accepted once a year with a deadline of December 1.
Fetal Repair of Myelomeningocele Registry:
See under Protocol 01/12 on the Research Protocols page for details on submitting a query for this registry.
Data requests are accepted throughout the year.
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If an investigator has a completed grant proposal in final format they wish to submit for funding, but would like to submit to NAFTNet for support, the completed grant proposal may be submitted in place of the research study proposal with a request for “Fast Track” status. If after review, the Steering Committee Chairperson believes the proposal does not require major revisions and should be considered for approval, the Chairperson will distribute the proposal to the Steering Committee members for “Fast Track” review and vote at the next meeting. A “Fast Track” proposal can gain final NAFTNet approval at its initial review by a 2/3rds majority of the Steering Committee in an effort to help the investigator increase their chances of obtaining study funding. If, however, the proposal does not achieve approval, it may be submitted for standard NAFTNet review and approval process as noted above. Fast Track studies do not undergo review by the Scientific Review Subcommittee.
If a research proposal has been approved as a NAFTNet protocol, the Board of Directors Chairperson will send a letter of Network’s commitment to participate to the PI to accompany any submitted grant applications or requests for funding. Information about participating NAFTNet Centers and NIH Biographical Profiles of the designated primary NAFTNet member from the centers will be available to the study PI to download from the NAFTNet website to accompany their funding application.
For proposal obtaining support to move forward but requiring further revisions, the Scientific Review Subcommittee Chairperson will appoint a 4-person working group (chaired by one member of the Scientific Review Subcommittee) to support the PI.
There will be a conference call between the members of the working group within 30 days of the Steering Committee meeting to discuss desired improvements to the study. Ongoing feedback will be given to the PI by the working group following each revision until all issues are resolved and the working group feels it is ready for final presentation, aiming for completion of this process within 15 days of the next Steering Committee meeting.
The working group chair will provide the Scientific Review Subcommittee Chairperson with a progress report 2 and 4 months after the Steering Committee meeting, describing progress and challenges.
The PI will submit the final edited research proposal within 15 days of the next meeting for distribution and review by the full Steering Committee.
The PI will re-present the proposal to the next Steering Committee meeting outlining changes made to address the issues raised at the initial presentation. Following further discussion, the study proposal will be voted on for Network support. An anonymous vote with a 2/3 majority approving Network support is required. Otherwise, the study will not be a NAFTNet supported study.