Improving Healthcare Systems – Spring 2014 Cycle


Letter of Intent Deadline:

March 10, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. (ET)

Letters of Intent will be screened for responsiveness and fit to program goals. Only those selected will be permitted to submit full applications. Notification of request to submit full application will occur no later than March 21, 2014. PCORI encourages prospective applicants to contact us with questions prior to the deadline.


PCORI is seeking applications to study the comparative effectiveness of alternate features of healthcare systems (e.g., innovative technologies, personnel deployments, incentives, service designs) designed to optimize the quality, outcomes, and/or efficiency of care for the patients they serve. Healthcare systems include private and public health insurance plans; physician groups; hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities; academic medical centers; integrated delivery systems; community-based and safety-net clinics; federal, state, and municipal providers; and other entities organized to deliver, arrange, purchase, or coordinate healthcare services. PCORI seeks studies that will provide information of value to patients, their caregivers, and clinicians, as well as to healthcare leaders, regarding which features of systems lead to better patient-centered outcomes.

Funding Announcement:

Improving Healthcare Systems

*Key Dates:

Online System Opens

February 5, 2014

Applicant Town Hall Session

February 12, 2014 2:30 p.m. (ET)

Letter of Intent (LOI) Due

March 10, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. (ET)

LOI Screening Notification

By March 21, 2014

Application Deadline

May 6, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. (ET)

Merit Review Dates

August 2014

Awards Announced

September 2014

Earliest Start Date

December 2014

Total Direct Costs:

$5 Million (large studies)
$1.5 Million (small studies)

Maximum Project Period:

5 Years (large studies)
3 Years (small studies)

Funds Available Up To:

$16 Million


Applications may be submitted by:

Any private-sector research organization, including any:

  • Nonprofit organization
  • For-profit organization

Any public-sector research organization, including any:

  • University or college
  • Hospital or healthcare system
  • Laboratory or manufacturer
  • Unit of state or local government

All US applicant organizations must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Foreign organizations and nondomestic components of organizations based in the United States may apply as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the US healthcare system, and US efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be clearly shown. Organizations may submit multiple applications for funding. Individuals may not apply.

Review Criteria:

1. Impact of the condition on the health of individuals and populations

2. Potential for the study to improve health care and outcomes

3. Technical merit

4. Patient-centeredness

5. Patient and stakeholder engagement

Applicant Resources:

PCORI Application Guidelines


*Deadlines are at 5:00 p.m. ET. If deadlines fall on a weekend or a federal holiday, the deadline will be the following Monday or the next day after the federal holiday.