Our Pipeline to Proposal Awards initiative aims to build a national community of patients, stakeholders, and researchers who have the expertise and passion to participate in patient-centered outcomes research, or PCOR, and to create partnerships within that community that lead to high-quality research proposals. The initiative's goals include:
- Strengthening relationships between researchers, patients, and stakeholders, particularly in communities that have historically been underrepresented in research
- Building the capacity for community partnerships to create research questions and submit patient-centered research proposals that can be considered for PCORI funding
- Increasing the number of patients, researchers, and other stakeholders who have the ability to participate in PCOR
- Identifying the most promising methods for engaging, and communicating with, patients, researchers, and other stakeholders in PCOR and conveying those lessons to current and future PCORI awardees
The Pipeline to Proposal Awards will be conducted through the funding of three successive tiers of awards, each tier designed to take another step toward producing community-led PCOR proposals. Tier I awards will fund community-building and engagement projects. Tier II awards will develop research capacity, create new partnerships, and build the infrastructure needed to conduct research, and Tier III awards will fund the development of high-quality research proposals that can be submitted to PCORI.
Our first funding opportunity under the Pipeline to Proposal Awards program is the Tier I Pipeline to Proposal Awards for the Western Region of the United States. The request for proposals was managed in collaboration with the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment (CFPHE), our pilot Intermediate Funder for this effort. We will announce additional opportunities to apply for Pipeline to Proposal Awards and seek additional Intermediate Funders to assist with managing Pipeline to Proposal Awards in other areas of the country.
Tier I awards provide seed money to individuals and groups who have healthcare research ideas and who believe in the promise of patient-centered research. The awards will be used to help build capacity and engage community around a common healthcare research interest. These awards focus on building the community of patients, stakeholders, and researchers who can participate in patient-centered outcomes research. This award is open to any individual patient, other healthcare stakeholder, or researcher—or group of patients, stakeholders, or researchers—oriented around a particular health issue and interested in developing questions that can be addressed by comparative effectiveness research. It is targeted to those who are not eligible or equipped to apply for funding from most other research funding sources, and the approved use of these funds is limited to community and capacity building.
If you are a patient, caregiver, researcher, or other healthcare stakeholder with a compelling idea for a research project—or even an important clinical issue that you would like to explore—the Pipeline to Proposal Awards may be a good opportunity for you.
In December 2013, PCORI approved the following 30 projects as Tier I Pipeline to Proposal Awards for the Western Region of the United States:
Posted October 15, 2013; Updated January 10, 2014, and August 26, 2014