It is goal of PQF to support and encourage research to further of mission for perinatal quality.

We would love to work with your team to develop secondary analyses or work with collaborates to use the PQF programs for research.

PQF available databases and programs include: CLEAR, NTQR, FMC, and GEM.

NEXT has a separate application and data use rules with Ariosa/Roche as a co-investigator.

To request data from any of the PQF programs for secondary analysis of data or for research collaboration with the PQF, the investigator should answer all questions on the proposal (hyperlink) and submit to the Research Committee of the Perinatal Quality Foundation at

Analysis proposal requests should provide sufficient detail to allow evaluation of the data required and comparison of the proposal with other proposed or approved analyses to assess duplication.

If overlapping proposals are submitted, the Research Committee will discuss with the investigators to allow collaboration or revisions of the proposals to avoid duplication or to assist with developing collaboration. If multiple investigators propose similar projects, the PQF research committee may suggest collaboration of the different groups.

If the project is extensive, involves a large grant submission, or is otherwise beyond the scope of these brief estimates, we would be very interested in working directly with collaborators to develop these proposals.

Timeline of applications:

Analysis proposals may be submitted at any time during the year.

Because of the lead-time required to complete a large analysis in time for major meeting abstract deadlines, it is recommended that new analysis proposals intended for submission at least 3 months in advance of abstract submission dates.

PQF research, board, and program committee members (with the exception of PQF staff) serve on a volunteer basis. Therefore, initial timing for proposal review is typically approximately one month after application to receive feedback.

The PQF research committee may request further information or clarifications of areas of scientific concern. If further revisions are needed, this may require additional time for review and approval.

Applicants may be asked to do a conference call with the PQF research committee to explain and clarify, present their ideas, and to brainstorm with the committee about improvements to the application. In-person presentations and meetings with the team at SMFM are also possible is timing is appropriate.

After considering the scientific value and feasibility, the research committee will decide whether to approve the proposal and provide access to the project data or systems for analysis or collaboration. The committee will consider the potential for publication during its review of the proposed analysis and is unlikely to approve requests for analyses that are unlikely to be publishable in a national or international journal.

Checklist of required items for proposal (as hyperlinks):

  1. Proposal - 2 pages, 12 point font
  2. Cost/Budget Estimate - 1 page, 12 point font
  3. Data Use Agreement
  4. COI for PI Conflict of Interest