A Million In Funding For NFL’s Pain Management Committee Includes CBD Research
The NFL-NFLPA Pain Management Committee (PMC) was formed in 2019 with the goal of benefiting the health and safety of NFL players through education and research.
Since then, the PMC has worked to educate the players and team medical staff there about the best clinical practices in pain management. The PMC has also been focused on finding alternatives to opioids in the pain management of players, one of which is CBD. In 2020, the Committee conducted two informational forums on CBD to learn about the current state of cannabidiol (CBD) science and manufacturing in North America, and in 2021, issued a Request for Information to identify researchers studying pain management alternatives. The PMC is now turning its attention to identifying potential research opportunities through a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process aimed at supplementing the PMC’s knowledge about pain management and the potential effects of cannabinoids on athletic performance in elite football players.
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity is to solicit proposals from investigators who have the current capability to carry out studies aimed at supplementing the PMC’s knowledge about pain management and athletic performance in elite football players. The team wants to look at the effects of cannabinoids on pain in elite football players, the effects of non-pharmacologic treatments on pain in elite football players, and the effects of cannabis or cannabinoids on athletic performance in elite football players.
The anticipated total amount to be funded for this Funding Opportunity is up to $1,000,000 with which the NFL expects to fund up to 5 pilot studies. For each research proposal to be accepted, the teams will have to submit a pre-proposal with a short executive summary followed by a formal proposal and an oral presentation. The R&I Committee will review and score these proposals and presentations based on the NIH’s Scoring Guidance. The recommendations by the committee will be sent to the NFL. Based on those recommendations, the NFL will determine which, if any, of the recommended Formal Proposals shall receive funding (the Funded Proposals) and to what degree they will be funded. The pre-proposal should ideally contain the specific aims of the research project, experimental design, qualifications of the research team members, research progress made to date (if any), defined pre-clinical and/or clinical endpoints, innovation and deliverables, and anticipated timeline with milestones among others.
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