Obesity Treatment Options Set in Primary Care for Underserved Populations


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. An invitation to submit a full application will be sent to selected applicants no later than March 21, 2014.


In this PCORI funding annoucement, we seek to determine the real-world comparative effectiveness of obesity treatment options set in primary care, in adults for racial/ethnic minorities, low socio-economic status populations, and/or rural populations. We aim to fund up to two pragmatic, randomized, multisite clinical trials that focus on improving obesity treatment outcomes in these populations. We seek proposals where the interventions are set within primary care practices and where the comparator arm of the trial is the primary care obesity treatment that is currently reimbursed through Medicare. We encourage applicants to this PFA to leverage available staff, facilities, and community resources that are representative of real world (present and potential) linkages to primary care practices to increase the potential of adoption and uptake of the findings by other healthcare providers/systems. Areas of research focus should be generalizable to other settings and clinical practice sites.

Full Announcement:

Obesity Treatment Options Set in Primary Care for Underserved Populations

*Key Dates:

Online System Opens

February 5, 2014

Applicant Town Hall Session

February 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m. (ET)

Letter of Intent Deadline (LOI)

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

LOI Screening Notification

March 21, 2014

Application Deadline (By Invitation Only)

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

Merit Review Dates

August 2014

Awards Announced

September 2014

Earliest Start Date

December 2014

Total Costs:

$10 Million in total costs (direct and indirect costs)

Maximum Project Period:

5 Years

Funds Available Up To:

$20 Million


Applications may be submitted by any private-sector research organization, including any nonprofit or for-profit organization; any public sector research organization, including any university or college hospital or healthcare system, laboratory or manufacturer, unit of local, state or federal government. All US applicant organizations must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Nondomestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations 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 are not permitted to 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.