The Network Capacity (NC) component of the UCLA CTSI provides the infrastructure for participation in national collaborations while contributing to the transformation of the conduct of multisite clinical trials. We are participating in the Trial Innovation Network (TIN), the Trial Innovation Centers (TICs) and the Recruitment Innovation Center (RIC). We match investigator expertise with trial opportunities and refer hub researchers to TIN network services and consultations. Our team guides proposal submission through the TIN website. We participate in NIH initiatives to improve both study activation and enrollment.

Partnerships and notable achievements include: (1) harmonizing network institutional review board (IRB) reviews (e.g., with Vanderbilt University, University of Utah, and Johns Hopkins University), (2) piloting of the NIH Single IRB Policy at our hub and (3) collaborating with the Streamlined, Multisite, Accelerated Resources for Trials (SMART) to implement SMART IRB authorization agreements. We are supporting the transformation of local hub infrastructure to promote efficiency. We adopted the Federal Demonstration Partnership Clinical Trials Subaward Agreement (FDP-CTA), the standard agreement system for network trial and study contracting. The collective impact of our participation in these national programs is transformative.

Our overall goal is to build on our infrastructure and to strengthen our collaborations with the TIN and the National Center for Data to Health (CD2H). Together with other CTSAs, we will continue to engage with new data sharing networks such as the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C).

For more information, please visit the Network Capacity page.

Last updated
December 15, 2023