Since 2006, the National Trauma Institute has been the leading advocate for increased federal funding of trauma-related research and research infrastructure.
With CNTR, NTI is working to realize the recommendations made by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) in its report: A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths After Injury.
During its 11-year history, NTI has generated and/or managed more than $60 million directed toward clinical trauma research for 18 studies in 35 cities and 22 states, involving more than 70 investigators.
NTI began development of the National Trauma Research Repository and helped secure funding for MIMIC—a study of pre-hospital deaths. The second annual Trauma Research Advocacy Day resulted in another $10 million in the DoD Health Program budget for a trauma research program.
NTI and other CNTR members held their first annual Trauma Research Advocacy Day in Washington D.C., securing $10 million for a Trauma Clinical Trials Network to be created within the DoD that will include both civilian and military trauma research centers. Two current NTI studies received $1 million in continued funding via the Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program.
NTI requested and secured a $5 million appropriation for the DoD budget to develop a National Trauma Clinical Research Repository. Together, NTI, AAST, EAST, ACS-COT and WTA launched the Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR) to advocate for a sustained and significant level of federal funding for traumatic injury research.
NTI continued to grow its presence on the national stage, meeting with the White House and with those federal agencies and offices engaged in trauma care or research.
In response to NTI’s request, Congress appropriated $10 million in the Department of Defense budget for non-compressible hemorrhage projects.
As Congress dissolved the earmark process, NTI sought new avenues to secure research funding, provided testimony in Congressional hearings and explored collaboration with federal agencies.
NTI was successful in advocating for additional appropriations for the Department of Defense (DoD) of $2 million for non-compressible hemorrhage research and $2.4 million for Trauma Care, Research and Training.
NTI secured a second federal research grant, for $2.1 million, and issued its first Request for Proposals, resulting in clinical research study awards totaling $3.7 million.
NTI managed its first federal research grant, for $1.6 million, secured via a direct Congressional appropriation with the support of Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
The TRISAT Board voted to take the organization national, established a national Board of Directors and chartered the National Trauma Institute (NTI) in January.
The Trauma Institute of San Antonio Texas (TRISAT) managed and supported the research grants for three Level 1 trauma centers in the city: UTHSCSA/University Hospital, Wilford Hall Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center. TRISAT was housed in the Surgery Department/Trauma Division of UTHSCSA.
“It has been proven in many other major disease categories that research works— it establishes the evidence that improves outcomes and saves lives. Accelerated progress in trauma care requires significant and sustained funding of trauma research.”Ronald M. Stewart