Call for Project Volunteers & New Project Suggestions

The PhUSE Collaboration is accepting proposals for new projects. A proposal will address problems of significant relevance to computational science related to drug, biologic and device development and must meet all of the guidelines for projects within the collaboration, including the following mandatory requirements: 

  • The projects must address significant research issues relevant to computational science
  • The project must not attempt to address FDA policy issues
  • There must be at one Project Lead personally involved in planning and carrying out the project.

New Projects can be submitted anytime during the year.

Projects of Particular Interest to the the Collaboration include:

  • List and prioritisation of issues in drug, biologic and device development related to computational science
  • Identification of possible projects based on pressing issues in drug, biologic and device development related to computational science
  • Identification, prioritisation and potential pilots of emerging tools and technologies
  • Projects that fall within the scope of existing defined working groups

Application Process

Complete a New Project Request

Completed forms should be sent as an email attachment to


Working Group & Project Lead Project Title Description

Emerging Trends and Technologies 

Open Source Technologies in Clinical Research 


Open Source Technologies in Clinical Research aims to provide guidance to the use of open source technologies in regulatory environments within the pharmaceutical industry, including but not limited to R and Python. Our intent is to be a repository of knowledge for:

  • Use Cases
  • Implementation and validation guidance
  • Best Practices

Our goal is to broaden the acceptance and general level of comfort with these technologies in the industry to assist in increasing their level of adoption.

Optimising the Use of Data Standards



As conducted with the DRG-XML project (still ongoing), to develop a machine readable version of the Study Data Standardisation Plan (SDSP) as XML. The deliverable for this project is to provide a prototype SDSP-XML package (i.e., sdsp.xml, sdsp.xsl, sdsp schema, and overview guide).

Standard Analyses & Code Sharing



Good Programming Practice in Macro Development



Macros provide an effective way to automate and reuse code in a standard and consistent manner across SAS programs. This ability to reuse code means that the use of GPP is particularly important in macro code and we think that there is a need to develop a consensus and document good programming prairies specifically for macro programming.

To create a Guideline / White Paper for creating well-structured and precisely documented macro code that will be easy to read and maintain over time. The proposed White Paper will primarily describe:

* Coding Style of Macro

* Best Practices while writing Macro 

* Structured documentation of Macro 

* Optimisation and saving compiling time while using Macro 

* Refactoring in Macro 


Want to Co-Lead a project? Great ideas waiting for Leaders

While working groups and projects continue to collaborate, new innovative ideas are generated by different teams. Unfortunately, the collaboration doesn't currently have individuals able to volunteer in a Co-Lead role to move these ideas forward. Below is a list of potential projects, the associated Working Group and a description of each. If one of these ideas interests you and you are able to volunteer to Lead, please contact

Project Ideas

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Do you have feedback to share? Got an idea? Want to comment on a project?

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Current CS Working Groups

For information on current CS Working Groups, please visit the PhUSE Wiki page.

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