The healthcare research process traditionally includes only scientists and other research-related professionals. PCORI believes that engagement of nontraditional stakeholders—from topic selection through design and conduct of research to dissemination of results—can influence research to be more patient centered, useful, and trustworthy, and ultimately lead to greater use of research results by patients and the broader healthcare community.
The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award program, named in honor of the first chair of PCORI’s Board of Governors, is intended to bring more patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders into the research process. The goal is to support projects that will build a community better able to participate in patient-centered research (PCOR) and comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER), as well as serve as channels to disseminate study results. This is central to our mission to fund useful CER that will help patients and those who care for them make better-informed healthcare decisions.
The Engagement Award program supports PCORI’s Engagement Imperative—defined in our Strategic Plan—and provides a platform to increase engagement in research, that is, the meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders throughout the research process. We expect projects selected for an Engagement Award to result in tools and resources that may be useful to other awardees for increasing patient and/or other stakeholder engagement in PCOR and CER, PCORI, and the broader PCOR community. We are committed to using and broadly sharing this information.
Engagement Awards are not research awards. Accordingly, we cannot provide support for projects that attempt to answer research questions or test hypotheses, study causal links, or test a new, modified, or previously untested intervention, service, or program.
The Engagement Awards Program is accepting applications and funding projects in the following award categories which are intended to give an idea of the types of projects that we are interested in supporting. Please note that projects can include elements of more than one award category; however, as part of the application process, you will need to select a primary category.
Knowledge Awards. These projects will produce information to increase understanding of what patients and other stakeholders need in order to make informed healthcare decisions. They will provide insight into the decisions patients and other stakeholders face when seeking healthcare treatments, and will help us better understand where there are gaps in usable, understandable information about healthcare treatments. These projects will also generate findings about how patients and other stakeholders want to receive CER findings, as well as how they can make use of findings to reach health and healthcare decisions.
Training and Development Awards. These capacity-building projects will build a community of patients, caregivers, and other stakeholders equipped to engage in PCOR/CER. Training Awards are intended for projects that will equip these individuals, teams, and organizations with the skills necessary to meaningfully participate in PCOR/CER as partners throughout the research process. The PCORI Engagement Rubric outlines ways that engagement in research can occur. At this time, the Engagement Award program does not provide support for projects that focus on training related to the science of, and methods for, PCOR/CER. Development Awards are intended for projects seeking to develop meaningful patient and other stakeholder relationships, as well as promote new partnerships. They can also stimulate new, innovative, and replicable activities meant to encourage previously unlikely collaborations for the purpose of PCOR/CER.
Dissemination Awards. These projects focus on developing channels or facilitators for dissemination and implementation of PCOR/CER findings. Projects in this category may also identify, build, and strengthen partnerships being used for disseminating PCOR/CER findings. Additionally, these awards can be used to develop and maintain networks for the purpose of using and sharing PCOR/CER findings. We also support projects that facilitate the dissemination and implementation of PCOR/CER findings in creative ways, especially within PCORI’s populations of interest. However, please take into consideration PCORI’s process for peer review and release of research findings, which may affect when results of PCORI-funded research will be made public and available for dissemination. Those interested in Dissemination Awards should also review the action plan for the dissemination and implementation of CER findings.
Finally, through the Engagement Award Initiative Notice (EAIN), we provide support for symposia, seminars, workshops, and other organized and formal meetings where individuals assemble to exchange information or explore issues or areas of knowledge related to PCOR/CER.
If you are considering applying for an Engagement Award, please be sure to review the awards we have already made to avoid submitting a proposal duplicative of work we are already funding.
For questions about Engagement Award application processes, technical assistance with the online application system, application deadlines, potential fit of a project idea, or related issues, please contact us at email@example.com or (202) 370-9312. We will provide a response within three business days.
Separate from the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards, PCORI funds Pipeline to Proposal Awards. This initiative seeks to shift the research-funding paradigm, enabling patients and other stakeholders to engage and partner with researchers to study the issues that are most critical to them.
Posted: October 15, 2013; Updated: September 14, 2015