Other Contract Research

PCORI will make a variety of external funding opportuni­ties available throughout the course of its work, including Requests for Proposals (RFPs), which are awarded through a competitive process. Each RFP contains its own statement of work, requirements, and evaluation criteria.

Active Opportunities

  • Institutional Review Board - Although PCORI’s primary purpose is to fund extramural investigators in conducting health research, PCORI’s Science Team needs intermittent, periodic Institutional Review Board (IRB) services for the protection of human subjects participating in research conducted by PCORI staff.  Human subjects should be protected in accordance with the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (also known as the “Common Rule”). The IRB will provide PCORI with review services including, but not limited to: review of quantitative and qualitative studies such as surveys, focus groups, key informant interviews, secondary data analyses, and evaluations of PCORI programs.  These services should include review of study protocols, interview guides, data collection tools, and data analysis plans, in order to protect research participants from risk related to research participation.  Services should include standard review, expedited review, and determination of IRB exemption when applicable. Deadline for White Papers: December 16, 2013 by 5 p.m. (ET).
  • Pipeline to Proposal Initiative This Request for Quote (RFQ) seeks four Intermediate Funders (IFs), who will in partnership with PCORI manage up to 110 Tier I, up to 100 Tier II, and up to 80 Tier III Pipeline Awards over a 2-year period. The purpose of the Pipeline to Proposal Awards is to build a national community of patients, clinicians, and other front-line caregivers, and others across the healthcare community who have the expertise and passion to participate in patient-centered outcomes research, and to create partnerships within that community that lead to high-quality research proposals.

Contracted Projects 


Posted May 21, 2013; Updated February 21, 2014