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1030 Centre for child injury prevention studies: case study of national science foundation cooperative research funding
  1. Flaura Winston1,
  2. Kristy Arbogast1,
  3. Eve Weiss1,
  4. John Bolte2
  1. 1The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania, USA
  2. 2The Ohio State University, USA


Issue Injury research underfunding and limited translation of findings limits development of new technological solutions.

Description of solution The US National Science Foundation (NSF) developed industry-university-government cooperative research centres (I/UCRCs) to provide a mechanism for filling gaps in pre-commercial research and development (R&D). This presentation describes the 10-year experience of the Centre for Child Injury Prevention Studies, a NSF I/UCRC.

Results Since 2005, each CChIPS sponsoring company or agency contributed an average of $50,000 annually and provided strategic direction. A NSF evaluator provided oversight. In 2014, sponsor fees from 22 organisations totaled $850,000, up from $300,000 in 2005. Over 10 years, more than 100 CChIPS studies were funded; findings translated into new products, regulations, policies and programs; and students trained in injury science.

Conclusions An industry/government/university cooperative research centre model provides a robust and sustainable mechanism for filling gaps in the scientific foundation for injury research.

  • research funding
  • child safety
  • adolescent safety
  • road traffic injury

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