Our Pipeline to Proposal Awards program 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. The program further aims to create partnerships within that community that lead to high-quality research proposals..
This initiative has three goals:
- Successfully establish an infrastructure for patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other members of the healthcare community to increase information available from comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) and to promote engagement in research
- Strengthen relationships between researchers, patients, and other healthcare stakeholders, particularly in communities historically underrepresented in research
- Build capacity for partnerships of researchers and other community members to create research questions and submit proposals that can be considered for PCOR funding
These awards do not fund research, only development of research ideas and proposals with sound scientific rigor and robust patient engagement. We intend the awards for community engagement and capacity building at the local, state, and regional level.
They are targeted to groups that are not eligible or equipped to apply for support from most other research funding sources, and the approved use of these funds is limited to building community and capacity to develop research proposals at the local, state, and regional level.
Pipeline to Proposal Awards
Since 2013, the Pipeline to Proposal program has awarded about $5 million to projects in more than 30 US states and territories. These projects involve partnerships with various stakeholders 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:
Projects participate in a two-tiered funding mechanism, which supports concentrated partnership development in Tier A and proposal development in Tier B. Each tier is designed to help patients and communities take another step toward producing community-led PCOR proposals.
Tier A awards provide seed money to individuals and groups that have healthcare research ideas and an interest in patient-centered research. These awards will develop research capacity, create new partnerships, and build the infrastructure needed to conduct research.
Tier A awards are open to any individual patient, other healthcare stakeholder, or researcher—or group of patients, other stakeholders, or researchers—with interest in a particular health issue. The awardees will generate a list of questions for CER that addresses that issue.
Please see our first Tier A funding announcement that opened on March 1, 2017.
Tier B awards are intended to provide funding to help partnerships create high-quality research proposals that can be submitted for PCOR funding. We are particularly interested in supporting development of the patient-engagement component of the study design. During Tier B, project teams will prepare and submit a letter of inquiry for a PCORI research funding announcement. However, the team may submit its proposal to another funder.
Tier B awards are open to all partnerships that include at least one researcher and one patient, clinician, or other healthcare stakeholder. Tier A awardees are invited to apply for Tier B funding, but Tier B awards are not guaranteed. We also welcome teams that have previously submitted proposals for PCORI research funding and received recommendations to strengthen their proposed engagement processes.
The awards are managed by five Pipeline Award Program Offices (PAPOs) that assist patient, stakeholder, and research group awardees and build strong multi-stakeholder communities.
An Evolving Program
PCORI launched this two-tiered structure in January 2017 to streamline the Pipeline program and reduce the total time commitment from the start of partnership development to the end of proposal preparation. This change is described in more detail here.
Pipeline Awards funded during fiscal year 2016 (FY16) and earlier will continue to progress through a three-tiered pipeline.
If you are a patient, caregiver, researcher, or other healthcare stakeholder with a compelling idea for a research project—or an important clinical issue that you would like to explore—the Pipeline to Proposal Awards may be a good opportunity for you.
Posted: October 15, 2013; Updated: February 17, 2017