Frequently Asked Questions
The PCORI Help Center includes a searchable knowledge base of frequently asked questions for applicants, reviewers, and awardees. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:
How Many Applications Can a PI Submit in One Cycle?
An individual designated as a PI can submit only one application per PFA in a given cycle. However, this individual may serve in a different role on other applications submitted in the same cycle.
What Are the Responsibilities of the Administrative Official (AO)?
The AO is the individual within the recipient organization who is responsible for the proper administration of the contract, including, but not limited to, overseeing the submission of the contract activation, contract renewals, and additional materials required by PCORI’s policies and procedures.
Who is Eligible to Apply for PCORI?
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 local, state, and federal government
Is the Letter of Intent (LOI) Scored or Otherwise Used to Evaluate Applications Prior to Application Submission?
Letters of Intent will be screened by PCORI program staff for programmatic fit and administrative noncompliance. Applicants whose LOI does not meet program areas of interest will not be invited to submit a full application. Applicants will receive notification accepting or declining their LOI prior to the system opening for application submission. This process will take two weeks. Applicants may begin the full application process if their LOI was approved and they are invited to submit a full application. PCORI encourages prospective applicants to contact us if they have any questions prior to the deadline.
Additionally, one-time funding announcements may have special guidelines regarding LOI submission and screening. Applicants should carefully read the related PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA) to learn about and follow all guidelines.
Can I Serve As a Reviewer Of Funding Applications If I Also Plan to Submit An Application to a PFA?
Yes. However, PCORI does not permit applicants (Principal Investigator and Key Personnel) to serve as Reviewers in the same review panel if their application is being reviewed within the same cycle.
Can Multiple People Access the LOI? Does the Same Team Member Need To Submit The LOI As Will Be Submitting The Final Proposal? Can An Administrator Complete The LOI?
The PI may authorize multiple people to access the LOI; however, there can be only one user name/account for the purpose of LOI submission. The contact information on the “PI Information” page must be about the PI. For the full application, the PI will be able to assign access to a “PI Designee” in advance of the submission. The same team member does not need to submit the LOI and full application, but the user must have access to the proposal. Only one person may work on the application in PCORI Online at a time.
If you do not see your question here, please check out the PCORI Help Center.
Questions About Your Research Application?
For questions about the nature of your research, please call us at 202-627-1884 or complete an inquiry form to schedule a call with program staff. For questions about the application process, templates or a technical question, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a faster response.
Frequently Asked Questions for Specific PCORI Funding Announcements
- Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
- Pragmatic Clinical Studies (PCS) to Evaluate Patient-Centered Outcomes
- Dissemination and Implementation: Limited PCORI Funding Announcement FAQs
- Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards FAQs
- Post-Award FAQs
Targeted PFA FAQs
- Cycle 1 2017
- Cycle 3 2016
- Cycle 2 2016
Posted: September 10, 2014; Updated: January 12, 2017