About the ODRC


organ donation

The Organ Donation Research Consortium (ODRC) was created in 2010 to improve the management of organ donation through investigator-initiated research, and provide a national forum for continuing education about research methods. The inagural organizational meeting of the ODRC was an open-invitation conference attached to the AOPO Annual Meeting in Baltimore in June of 2010.


We aim to cooperatively develop protocols that benefit from the diverse expertise and advice of the ODRC membership. In so doing, we aim to merge scientific rigor with clinical relevance to organ donor research, initially within the constraints of rapid completion potential, easy multi-OPO feasibility and affordable with limited resources.

The focus of the ODRC is the development and execution of protocols which are investigator-initiated and officially affiliated with the ODRC.



ODRC and AOPO Announce RFP for Organ Donation Research 2016

The Organ Donation Research Consortium (ODRC) with additional support from the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) is pleased to offer up to $40,000 in funding to member(s) conducting basic, translational or clinical research specifically related to the organization’s mission to advance the science of organ donation.

The ODRC seeks to sponsor research efforts that will ultimately improve the numbers and quality of organs available for transplantation in the United States. Applications are encouraged that focus on expanding our knowledge of donor management research including but not limited to consent, organ donation physiology, clinical interventions to improve donor organs and recipient outcomes. Single-center projects, for example, should specifically address the potential to generalize their findings to multi-site settings.

One electronic copy of the application must be received by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on July 1, 2016. Submit this electronic copy to the ODRC/AOPO grant to Roxane Cauwels at rcauwels@aopo.org. All submissions are to be in PDF format and compiled as one document.

The principal investigator must be either a current ODRC member or willing to join and maintain ODRC membership through the life of the grant. Applications are encouraged from junior and established investigators.

The application must be completed by the applicant (not the mentor) and typed with a size no smaller than 11 point font and single-spaced.

For Full Application, click here.

Mission of the Organ Donation Research Consortium

To advance organ donation through scientific research in order to improve outcomes for donors, their families, recipients, and society as a whole

Vision for the Organ Donation Research Consortium

  • To foster investigator-initiated collaborative multidisciplinary clinical research
  • To promote a culture of scientific inquiry in the area of organ donation
  • To advance organ donation research methodology
  • To mentor scientific investigators in this area
  • To achieve external funding resources to support the mission

Core Values of the Organ Donation Research Consortium

  • Scientific creativity, integrity & clinical relevance
  • Collegial, collaborative & respectful relationships
  • Responsibility, accountability, transparency, and respect to ourselves, our community, our donors and their families

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