Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN)


Starting in 2001, the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program awarded competitive cooperative agreements to academic medical centers through a competitive funding mechanism known as the Network Development Demonstration Project (NDDP). These cooperative agreements form the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), the first federally-funded, multi-institutional network for research in pediatric emergency medicine.

Following the inception of PECARN, a cooperative agreement was awarded to the University of Utah to serve as the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) for PECARN.

In addition to the DCC, PECARN is comprised of six Research Node Centers (RNCs) and 18 Hospital Emergency Department Affiliates (HEDAs). The RNCs and HEDAs represent academic, community, urban, rural, general, and children’s hospitals. The entire PECARN network serves approximately 1.2 million acutely ill and injured children every year.

in 2013, EMSC funded an EMS Demonstration Node. Known as the Charlotte, Houston, and Milwaukee Prehospital EMS Research Node Center (CHaMP E-RNC), the purpose of this project is to test the feasibility of conducting effective multi-institutional pediatric prehospital research. 

Learn more about PECARN, its structure, and its current and recently completed studies on the PECARN web site or download a copy of PECARN Primer: A Guide for Research Coordinators in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (available in both an interactive pdf and print pdf).To submit a study idea to PECARN, visit the site’s training module.