The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards, named in honor of the first chair of PCORI’s Board of Governors, encourage active integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as integral members of the research process. The Engagement Awards program provides a platform to expand the role of all stakeholders in research and to support PCORI’s Engagement Imperative, defined in our Strategic Plan.
Our engagement strategies include developing a skilled community of patients and other stakeholders from across the entire healthcare enterprise and involving them meaningfully in every aspect of our work—from the development of our research priorities to the dissemination of research findings. These strategies aim to increase the usefulness and trustworthiness of the information we produce, facilitating its dissemination and uptake.
Engagement of patients and other stakeholders helps researchers ask questions meaningful to those groups, design and conduct the research in a way that provides valuable information, interpret the study findings appropriately, and communicate them effectively. Our engagement strategies also familiarize researchers and other stakeholders with our model of patient-centered research.
We are accepting applications and funding awards in the following categories:
- Knowledge Awards. These projects will build knowledge about how consumers of healthcare information view patient-centered outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research (PCOR/CER), how they receive and make use of PCOR/CER findings, and/or what evidence they need to reach health and healthcare decisions. We also welcome projects that will increase a stakeholder community’s knowledge of PCORI and PCOR/CER.
- Training and Development Awards. These projects will build capacity for healthcare community engagement in PCOR/CER. The projects will promote training of patients and other stakeholders to participate in PCOR/CER, create methods to connect patients and other stakeholders with the research community, and/or facilitate patient and other stakeholder engagement in PCOR/CER.
- Dissemination Awards. These projects will support activities that develop channels for dissemination and implementation of PCOR/CER evidence. Projects in this category may also identify, build, and strengthen partnerships and find facilitators for spreading PCOR/CER findings. We will also support projects that disseminate and implement PCOR/CER findings in creative ways, especially within PCORI’s priority populations.
In addition, we fund projects with specific objectives, tasks, and application processes described in Engagement Award Initiative Notices (EAINS). Current EAINS are:
Separate from the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards are our Pipeline to Proposal Awards. This initiative seeks to shift the research-funding paradigm, enabling patients and other stakeholders to engage and partner with researchers to study the issues that are most critical to them.
As part of a series of efforts to increase the efficiency of the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program, we are making changes to our review process. Beginning October 2, 2014, we will review letters of inquiry (LOIs) for Engagement Awards and applications for meeting and conference support on a quarterly cycle—January 2, April 1, July 1, and October 1. This change from a rolling review to a quarterly review cycle will allow PCORI to more expeditiously evaluate LOIs and applications and get back to applicants sooner with decisions about funding.
Posted: October 15, 2013; Updated: November 13, 2014