*Note: The BACPAC Research Program is no longer accepting applications
The NIH Back Pain Research Consortium (BACPAC) is a new patient-centric translational research initiative that will address the need for effective and personalized therapies for chronic low back pain by probing the biomedical mechanisms in a biopsychosocial context using interdisciplinary methods and innovative technologies. NIH BACPAC is part of the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM) Initiative.
Expected Benefit to the Public Health:
Back pain is a major contributor to the use of opioids in the U.S., however, at present no effective treatment exists that provides long term, sustained relief of back pain and disability for all patients. Further, there is no way to predict what treatments are most likely to be effective in individual patients. This initiative will foster development of integrated models of back pain to improve understanding of the condition and generate new tools for better targeting of existing and new therapies.
Upcoming Webinar on BACPAC
There are currently no upcoming BACPAC Webinars.
The NIAMS held a public webinar about the NIH BACPAC Research Program Initiative, Detailed Discussion of the four BACPAC FOAs , on January 15th, 2019 and January 23rd, 2019.
The NIAMS held a public webinar about the NIH BACPAC Research Program Initiative on December 19, 2018.
The NIAMS held a public webinar about the NIH BACPAC Research Program Initiative on October 15, 2018.
The NIAMS published a Request for Information (RFI) to seek input from researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and health advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public on a new initiative for a Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program. The RFI was open from September 28 to October 18, 2018.
View the BACPAC Frequently Asked Questions
For additional questions, please contact us at: BACPAC-NIH@mail.nih.gov
- RFA-AR-19-026 - HEAL Initiative: Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program: Mechanistic Research Centers (U19 Clinical Trial Optional)
- RFA-AR-19-027 - HEAL Initiative: Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program Data Integration, Algorithm Development and Operations Management Center (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
- RFA-AR-19-028 - HEAL Initiative: Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program Technology Research Sites (UH2/UH3 Clinical Trial Optional)
- RFA-AR-19-029 - HEAL Initiative: Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program: Phase 2 Clinical Trials (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Required)