To amend title IV of the Public Health Service Act to provide for a National Pediatric Research Network, including with respect to pediatric rare diseases or conditions.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``National Pediatric Research Network Act of 2013''.
SEC. 2. NATIONAL PEDIATRIC RESEARCH NETWORK.
Section 409D of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 284h; relating to the Pediatric Research Initiative) is amended-- (1) by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (f); and (2) by inserting after subsection (c) the following: ``(d) National Pediatric Research Network.-- ``(1) Network.--In carrying out the Initiative, the Director of NIH, acting through the Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and in collaboration with other appropriate national research institutes and national centers that carry out activities involving pediatric research, may provide for the establishment of a National Pediatric Research Network consisting of the pediatric research consortia receiving awards under paragraph (2). ``(2) Pediatric research consortia.-- ``(A) In general.--The Director of the Institute may award funding, including through grants, contracts, or other mechanisms, to public or private nonprofit entities-- ``(i) for planning, establishing, or strengthening pediatric research consortia; and ``(ii) for providing basic operating support for such consortia, including with respect to-- ``(I) basic, clinical, behavioral, or translational research to meet unmet needs for pediatric research; and ``(II) training researchers in pediatric...