University of Southern California


RFA-DK-18-026: Data Coordinating Center for the Advanced Clinical Trials Consortium to Test Artificial Pancreas Device Systems (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Slots:                                                     1                             

Internal Deadline:                          Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        March 10, 2019

External Deadline:                          April 10, 2019 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Award Information:                        Type:  Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: NIDDK intends to commit $1 million in FY 2019 to fund one award

Anticipated Amount: The application budget should not exceed $700,000 in direct costs for the first year. The application budget should accurately reflect the needs of the Data and Coordinating Center.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:


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Who May Serve as PI:                    Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.


This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for a Data Coordinating Center (DCC) that will support the Advanced Clinical Trials to test Artificial Pancreas device systems.   The applicant must have experience serving as the DCC for studies on complex, clinical conditions including the testing of closed loop platforms for diabetes control.  The DCC will provide overall project coordination, administration, quality control, data management, and biostatistical support.

New portable/ wearable technologies to measure glucose levels and adjust delivery of insulin and other glucose regulating hormones through an automated closed loop-artificial pancreas system have become available recently and pilot and advanced clinical trials have shown excellent results including improved maintenance of close to normal glucose levels with less variability and hypoglycemia when compared with non- automated open loop systems.

The purpose of this RFA is to support the activities of a technical and data coordinating center (DCC) for a consortium of advanced clinical studies that would be funded by a companion RFA (DK18-025) whose purpose is to expand testing of recently developed and emerging artificial pancreas device systems in clinical and outpatient settings with trials designed to generate data able to address safety and efficacy requirements by regulatory agencies for the eventual approval of a user friendly and accessible multicomponent product.  The main research purpose of those studies is to prove and improve the efficacy, safety, accuracy and reliability of these new technologies in humans.

One to three protocols are anticipated to be funded through the companion RFA.  There is the possibility that there may be additional clinical trials funded under future FOAs for which additional DCC resources would be provided to support these new activities.   Should clinical trials be ongoing at the end of the planned DCC funding period, a Limited Competition FOA may be utilized to facilitate DDC support through the conclusion of these trials.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.