Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research – 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.


In this PCORI funding annoucement, we seek projects to address gaps in methodological research relevant to conducting PCOR. Results of these projects will inform future iterations of PCORI’s Methodology Report. 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. Additionally, we seek projects that focus on Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS)–related research.

Funding Announcement:

Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

*Key Dates:

Online System Opens

February 5, 2014

Letter of Intent (LOI) Due

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

Applicant Town Hall Session

March 18, 2014

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:

$750,000 (Methods funding)

$500,000 (PROMIS-related funding)

Maximum Project Period:

3 Years (Methods funding)
2 Years (PROMIS)

Funds Available Up To:

$17 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. Study addresses evidence gaps identified in PCORI Methodology Committee Report or other comparable sources.

2. Potential for the study to improve PCOR methods

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.

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.