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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Seeks Patient, Scientist and Stakeholder Reviewers for Pilot Projects Grants Program

Review Process Will Ensure the Patient’s Voice Is Included in PCORI-Funded Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 12, 2011) – The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is looking for patients, scientists and other stakeholders to be merit reviewers for its pilot projects grants program. The purpose of the reviews is to determine the significance and quality of submitted research proposals. The inclusion of non-scientific reviewers, including patients, caregivers, and health care clinicians or providers, helps ensure that the patient perspective is adequately included in PCORI-funded research.

“We are inviting patients and other stakeholders who are not usually represented in scientific review groups to serve as reviewers of the pilot projects grants applications,” said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, M.D., M.P.H. “Working side-by-side with scientific reviewers on review committees, these individuals will add insights that help ensure the research we fund reflects the interests and views of patients, while remaining scientifically rigorous.”

Each review group will include at least two non-scientist reviewers. PCORI is particularly interested in individuals who have interest in or experience with one or more of the eight areas of interest outlined in the pilot projects grants program announcement.

The merit review criteria were developed by PCORI and the process will be administered by staff at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Training on how to be a merit reviewer will be provided for those who do not have previous experience.  All reviewers will be required to complete a PCORI conflict of interest disclosure form and must be available to attend a one-day review group meeting in Washington, D.C., between February 13-24, 2012. An honorarium of $200 and travel expenses, including food, hotel, and transportation, will be provided for participation in the review group.

Interested individuals can apply to be a reviewer through PCORI’s website, pcori.org. The deadline to apply is noon Eastern Time on October 26.

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