PCORI funds studies to determine which healthcare options work best for which patients, given their needs, circumstances, and preferences, so they and those who care for them can make better-informed health and healthcare decisions.
Research Projects | Research Support Projects
Research Dissemination and Implementation Projects
Most PCORI funding supports comparative clinical effectiveness research, or CER, which compares the benefits and harms of two or more healthcare options to answer specific research questions. We also fund studies to improve the methods for conducting CER, to be sure it produces valid, trustworthy, and patient-centered evidence that will improve health care and patient outcomes. And through PCORnet, our National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network initiative, we are enhancing the infrastructure needed to conduct research more efficiently, with greater power, and at lower cost.
|PCORI awardee Steven Woolf, MD, MPH, says engaging stakeholders in research helps ensure that studies address questions that matter most to patients and their communities. Learn more.|
Our research funding opportunities, all aligned with our National Priorities for Research, include:
- Broad calls for researchers’ best ideas for patient-centered CER
- Targeted calls for research to answer specific questions about particular high-burden topics and conditions identified by stakeholders through our research prioritization process. Much of this research is conducted as pragmatic clinical studies, which are usually set in real-life care situations and include more diverse patient groups than traditional trials.
As part of our commitment to stakeholder-guided patient-centered research, we also offer research-support awards for projects that are not research studies but promote involving patients and other stakeholders more fully in research. These are:
Finally, we invite proposals from our awardees to support their plans to disseminate findings from their studies. Learn more.
We’ve developed a series of factsheets that describe our work in greater detail. See them here.
Posted: July 18, 2016; Updated: January 17, 2017