Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research – Winter 2014 Cycle


Letter of Intent Deadline:

October 15, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. (ET)

Upon receipt, PCORI program staff will screen Letters of Intent (LOI) for programmatic fit. An applicant whose LOI does not meet program areas of interest will not be invited to submit a full application. PCORI encourages prospective applicants to contact us with questions prior to the deadline.


In this PCORI funding annoucement we seek studies to address gaps in methodological research relevant to conducting PCOR. Results of these studies will inform future iterations of the Methodology Committee report and its standards. The improvement of existing methods will benefit all stakeholders, including researchers planning investigations; policy makers weighing the value of healthcare interventions; and patients, clinicians, and caregivers facing healthcare decisions.

Funding Announcement:

Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

*Key Dates:

Online System Opens

September 16, 2013

Applicant Town Hall Session

December 3, 2013

Letter of Intent (LOI) Due

October 15, 2013

Application Deadline

January 21, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. (ET)

Merit Review

May 2014

Awards Announced

July 2014

Earliest Start Date

August 2014

Total Direct Costs:


Maximum Project Period:

3 Years

Funds Available Up To (Direct Costs):

$8 Million. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research is expected to vary widely from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. PCORI reserves the right to change the funds available at any time.


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 on the field of PCOR methods

2. Potential for the study to improve PCOR methods

3. Technical merit

4. Patient-centeredness

5. Patient and stakeholder engagement

Applicant Resources:

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.

To propose a project budget that is greater than the direct costs or maximum project period listed for a PFA, submit a request by the LOI deadline using the templates provided above.

Note: We revised our application due dates as part of our transition from three to four funding cycles each year. Because of this transition, we extended the application due date for this PFA cycle from December 16, 2013 to January 21, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. (ET). We also renamed our cycles to align with our new schedule. As a result, this cycle, previously designated as our December 2013 Cycle, was renamed the Winter 2014 Cycle with the new application deadline of January 21, 2014.