The National Children’s Study is a large scale undertaking representing significant opportunity with respect to protocol-based data derived from the Study itself as well as data from additional related research. While the government provides funding for the Study, endeavors to obtain additional support to enhance or augment the National Children’s Study may be undertaken by or in partnership with Study Centers, within specified guidelines. Partnerships may offer an opportunity for businesses, community organizations, industry, patient and professional groups, and others to add value to the Study and to gain from and leverage the NIH investment in the Study.
Although many of the specific arrangements a Study Center may make with a partner are governed by the institution’s rules regarding such activities, as an NIH contractor, one must assure that National Children’s Study-related partnerships are in compliance with the terms of the contract and other applicable federal requirements. The National Children’s Study and the NIH are required to manage potential risks to assure that common standards and practices are followed and to assure adherence to relevant NIH policies. Thus, National Children’s Study Program Office staff will oversee National Children’s Study-related partnerships.