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When will the program reopen?

The program will reopen on January 4, 2021.

When is the application deadline?

The application cycle will be on a rolling monthly basis.  Applications are to be received by the 20th of every month.

When will we be notified if we have been approved?

New Centers will be announced the first week of the following month.

What certifications are available?

Institutions can now apply to be a Clinical Center of Excellence or a Clinical Center and an Academic Center of Excellence.  Hospitals can now apply to be a pediatric pancreatitis NPF Center of Excellence as treatments for pancreatitis in adults and children are different.

What is the difference between a Clinical Center of Excellence, and a Clinical Center and an Academic Center of Excellence?

Academic Centers will be institutions that have a focus on research, clinical trials, training opportunities for young physicians, and advanced clinical care.

Are current Centers required to renew their certification?

Applications will be renewed every three years. An NPF staff member will contact your facility about the renewal and provide current Centers 60 days to return the applications back after initial contact. Centers that are not up for renewal will be considered Clinical Centers of Excellence. Centers that are not up for renewal, but want to be considered an Academic Center of Excellence will need to re-apply again using the new application.

Is there a cost to become a Center of Excellence?

There is no cost to become a Center of Excellence. Building the CoE program is another resource for our patients with pancreas disease. As a Center of Excellence, we will mail brochures, our pancreas disease cookbook, pocket guide, information on our Animated Pancreas Patient, and other resources for our Centers to provide to their patients.

For additional questions please contact Sokphal Tun, National Program Director: EMAIL

Please send completed applications to