N-PeRC is a trans-NIH initiative that began in June 2018 to help coordinate pediatric research programs across NIH's 27 institutes and centers. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is the lead NIH institute for the consortium.
NIH support for pediatric research currently totals more than $4 billion. N-PeRC aims to harmonize these activities across institutes, explore gaps in the overall pediatric research portfolio, and share best practices to advance science. The consortium meets several times a year to discuss scientific opportunities and potential new areas of collaboration, including efforts to enhance research training for the next generation of pediatricians.