Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research


Letter of Intent Deadline:

June 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm ET


In this Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Funding Announcement (PFA), 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.

Funding Announcement:

Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

*Key Dates:

Online System Opens

May 15, 2013

Letter of Intent (LOI) Due

June 15, 2013

Applicant Town Hall Session

July 12, 2013, 1:30 PM ET

Archived Webinar

Informational Training Programs

July-August 2013

Application Deadline

August 15, 2013

Merit Review Dates

September-November 2013

Awards Announced

December 2013/January 2014

Earliest Start Date

January 2014

Maximum Budget:

$250,000 direct costs/year

Maximum Project Period:

3 Years

Funds Available Up To:

$8 Million


Applications may be submitted by:

Any private sector research organization, including any:

  • Non-profit 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 PM 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.