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 Pipeline to Proposal Awards initiative is driven by four unique program goals:
- Strengthen relationships between researchers, patients and stakeholders, particularly in communities that have been underrepresented in research.
- Build capacity for community partnerships to create research questions and submit PCOR research proposals that can be considered for PCORI funding.
- Engage partnerships in research process and development of dissemination and implementation plans.
- Successfully establish an infrastructure for patients, caregivers, and other stakeholders to increase CER information and engagement in research, dissemination and evaluation.
The Pipeline Awards will be conducted through the funding of three tiers of awards, with each successive step incrementally growing the community, increasing the levels of patient and stakeholder engagement, and strengthening the capacity to conduct patient-centered research each tier designed to take another step toward producing community-led PCOR proposals.
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, fund community-building and engagement projects. Pipeline to Proposal awardees who enter at Tier I will be evaluated to determine if they should advance to Tier II, where they will have 12 months to further develop their research partnerships. 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 for PCOR funding.
Pipeline Awards will be managed by five Pipeline Award Program Offices (PAPOs) who will help patient, stakeholder, or research group awardees build strong multi-stakeholder communities and partnerships. The PAPOs will assist in the administration and management of the Pipeline Awards. They will be responsible for the operational, programmatic, and fiscal duties associated with Pipeline Awards. Each of the PAPOs have public health, healthcare, or research familiarity, research, capacity-building, and award management experience.
Pipeline 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. Tier I awards are 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. Tier III awards are intended to provide funding to patient-researcher partnerships that are well equipped to develop a PCORI research proposal, but would benefit from additional assistance, particularly with building the patient engagement component of the study design. These awards are 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; 27 of these 30 projects have progressed to Tier II. You can find the abstracts below.
Tier I and Tier II Pipeline to Proposal Funding Awards
In March 2015, PCORI announced Tier II Pipeline to Proposal funding awards for 27 of 30 projects that received Tier I support in December 2013.
PCORI is scheduled to announce a new slate of recipients of Tier I support in April 2015. Applications for another round of Tier I support are expected to open in fall 2015.
Posted: October 15, 2013; Updated: March 30, 2015