The PCORI Blog


Engagement Funding: New and Continuing Opportunities

July 22, 2014 by Lia Hotchkiss, MPH

Our Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards are designed to help build a national community of patients, caregivers, clinicians, researchers, and other healthcare stakeholders who will advance patient-centered clinical comparative effectiveness research (CER). Involvement of this community in the research process … Continued


On Contracts: We Hear You—How Applicant Feedback Will Improve Our New Funding Cycle

July 15, 2014 by James Hulbert, Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS, and Tsahai Tafari, PhD

Our Fall 2014 Funding Cycle will open on August 6 with the posting of five broad PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs). In preparing those PFAs, we used the feedback received from previous applicants to improve and simplify the application process and provide greater clarity on the topics we are most interested in funding. This should help you … Continued


Patients and Other Healthcare Stakeholders Are Experts, Too

by Tsahai Tafari, PhD, and Suzanne Schrandt, JD

PCORI’s core mission is to fund research that involves patients not just as subjects but as partners at every step. In PCORI’s approach, patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders help investigators to conceive research questions, conduct the research, disseminate findings, … Continued


Moving Forward: The Next Steps for PCORI’s Methodology Standards

July 14, 2014 by David Hickam, MD, MPH and Katie Rader

Good methods are essential for producing high-quality patient-centered clinical comparative effectiveness research (CER), and improving these methods is a key imperative outlined in PCORI’s Strategic Plan. Indeed, the PCORI Methodology Committee is charged in our authorizing legislation with working to … Continued


Big Data: Opportunities for Patients to Shape Health Research

July 10, 2014 by Joe Selby, MD, MPH

I’ve told you a fair bit in recent months about PCORnet, our national patient-centered clinical research network initiative. This project seeks to harness the power of large amounts of health data, including from electronic health records and information reported by … Continued


PCORI Advisory Panels Spring Meeting Recap

July 3, 2014 by Bryan Luce, PhD, MBA, Katie Lewis, MPH, Lauren Holuj, MHA, Sandi Myers, Jana-Lynn Louis, MPH, Rachel Melo, Emma Djabali

PCORI’s six multi-stakeholder advisory panels bring voices from across the healthcare community into our work. The panels all met in Alexandria, Virginia, from April 28 to May 1. This was the first meeting for our two new panels (Advisory Panels … Continued

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Two New Advisory Panels Set Initial Priorities

July 1, 2014 by Emma Djabali, Bryan Luce, PhD, MBA

We recently welcomed two new multi-stakeholder advisory panels as they met for the first time. We rely on our advisory panels to bring their experience and expertise from across the healthcare community to guide us as we decide what research … Continued


What’s Happening in Merit Review

June 26, 2014 by Tsahai Tafari, PhD, and Kirstin Margosian, MA

To promote patient-centeredness while ensuring high-quality scientific research, we include patients, their caregivers, and other healthcare stakeholders on our panels that review applications for research funding. Participants other than researchers fill half of the positions on these panels. In this … Continued


National Cancer Institute Designates PCORI as an Approved Funding Organization

June 23, 2014 by Tsahai Tafari, PhD, Victoria Szydlowski, Lori Frank, PhD

At PCORI, we are building a substantial portfolio of research projects that investigate a broad range of topics. We’re charged with focusing on high-burden, high-impact conditions in the patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research we fund. Our portfolio now includes approximately … Continued

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The 2014 PCORI Matchmaking App Challenge: Answering Important Questions

June 12, 2014 by Orlando Gonzales, MPA, Celeste Brown, MPH, and Emily Gagola

We’re very excited by the response we’ve seen so far to the PCORI Matchmaking App Challenge, in which we’re asking developers to design a fully functional app that will facilitate research partnerships among patients, researchers, and other healthcare stakeholders. We … Continued