Our Pipeline to Proposal Awards initiative aims to build a national community of patients, stakeholders, and researchers who have the expertise and passion to participate in patient-centered outcomes research, or PCOR, and to create partnerships within that community that lead to high-quality research proposals.
The Pipeline to Proposal Awards initiative is driven by three unique program goals:
- Successfully establish an infrastructure for patients, caregivers, and other stakeholders to increase CER information and engagement in research.
- Strengthen relationships between researchers, patients and stakeholders, particularly in communities that have been underrepresented in research.
- Build capacity for researcher/non research partnerships to create research questions and submit PCOR research proposals that can be considered for PCOR funding.
The Pipeline Awards will be conducted through the funding of three tiers of awards, with each successive step incrementally growing the community, increasing the levels of patient and stakeholder engagement, and strengthening the capacity to conduct patient-centered research each tier designed to take another step toward producing community-led PCOR proposals.
Tier I awards provide seed money to individuals and groups who have healthcare research ideas and who believe in the promise of patient-centered research, fund community-building and engagement projects. Pipeline to Proposal awardees who enter at Tier I will be evaluated to determine if they should advance to Tier II, where they will have 12 months to further develop their research partnerships. Tier II awards will develop research capacity, create new partnerships, and build the infrastructure needed to conduct research, and Tier III awards will fund the development of high-quality research proposals that can be submitted for PCOR funding.
Pipeline Awards will be managed by five Pipeline Award Program Offices (PAPOs) who will help patient, stakeholder, or research group awardees build strong multi-stakeholder communities and partnerships. These five nonprofit organizations will also support the initiative nationwide and provide awardees with technical assistance and guidance. Four of the program offices will provide regional support:
- Eastern states: Health Resources in Action, Boston
- Midwestern states: Michigan Public Health Institute, Lansing
- Southern states: Georgia Health Policy Center, Atlanta
- Western states: Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment, Denver
In addition, the National Network of Public Health Institutes, will serve as a national program office, assisting with projects that extend beyond a single region.
The PAPOs will assist in the administration and management of the Pipeline Awards and are responsible for the operational, programmatic, and fiscal duties associated with Pipeline Awards. Each of the PAPOs have public health, healthcare, or research familiarity as well as experience in, research, capacity-building, and award management. By supporting and managing the efforts of Pipeline to Proposal awardees in their regions, the PAPOs advance the development of partnerships leading to teams ready and able to propose and conduct patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR).
Specifically, the PAPOs:
- Assist awardees in developing communities, creating infrastructure and strategic planning,
- Assist awardees in reporting their progress and PCORI in its process evaluations,
- Share lessons learned and collaboratively problem-solve as the projects progress,
- Expand PCOR across the country by tapping into their regional knowledge and networks of organizations experienced in local, regional, and national health advocacy.
Pipeline Awards will be used to help build capacity and engage community around a common healthcare research interest. These awards focus on building the community of patients, stakeholders, and researchers who can participate in patient-centered outcomes research. These awards are targeted to those who are not eligible or equipped to apply for funding from most other research funding sources, and the approved use of these funds is limited to community and capacity building. Tier I awards are open to any individual patient, other healthcare stakeholder, or researcher—or group of patients, stakeholders, or researchers—oriented around a particular health issue and interested in developing questions that can be addressed by comparative effectiveness research. Tier II awards are only available for those who successfully participate in and complete a Tier I award. Tier II awards funding is to be used to strengthen the partnerships and further develop the infrastructure and governance structures laid out during a Tier I and to lay groundwork for the ultimate drafting of a patient-centered CER proposal.
Tier III awards are intended to provide funding to patient-researcher partnerships that are well equipped to develop a PCORI research proposal, but would benefit from additional assistance, particularly with building the patient engagement component of the study design.
If you are a patient, caregiver, researcher, or other healthcare stakeholder with a compelling idea for a research project—or even an important clinical issue that you would like to explore—the Pipeline to Proposal Awards may be a good opportunity for you.
Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III Pipeline to Proposal Funding Awards
In August 2016, the Pipeline to Proposal Awards Program approved 46 new Tier I projects totaling nearly $700,000. This follows the program’s approval in July 2016 of 22 Tier III projects totaling nearly $1.2 million. Within the project period for Tier III, awardees will use their Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) questions to create a research proposal, including a robust engagement plan for later submission to PCORI or other funders of PCOR.
Since 2013, the Pipeline to Proposal program has awarded about $5 million to projects in more than 30 U.S. states and territories. These projects involve partnerships with various stakeholders who are focused on a cadre of health issues affecting their communities with the aim of increasing and advancing PCOR in their communities and beyond.
Find out more about these projects via the links below.
Posted: October 15, 2013; Updated: August 5, 2016