The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to have an open competition to support a Coordinating Center for the next phase of the NINDS small vessel vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) biomarkers consortium.
The original consortium was established
under RFA-NS-16-019 and RFA-NS-16-02 0. The goal of the next phase, under this FOA (Coordinating Center) and RFA-NS-20-005 (sites), is to complete clinical validation of biomarkers initially developed during the first 5-year funding cycle of this program.
The Coordinating Center will consist of:
(i) an Administrative Core responsible for organizing, coordinating and administratively driving Consortium activities; and (ii) a Data Core that will coordinate, receive, collect, and share data, including de-identified clinical data.
The Coordinating Center will provide infrastructure and expertise to drive the consortium administratively and contribute scientifically to validation of biomarkers with specified context of use for future clinical trials, including in large phase III trials, with general and diverse populations, and for generating scientific breakthroughs in our understanding and treatment of VCID.