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The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award Program is now accepting applications for the April 2024 Cycle PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs). The Engagement Award Program supports projects that encourage active, meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians and other healthcare stakeholders in all phases of patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER). These awards are not research funding opportunities.

There are three funding opportunities available:

  • Capacity Building
  • Dissemination Initiative
  • Stakeholder Convening Support

Submit your Letter of Intent (LOI) by April 4 for consideration.

Engagement Award PFA Changes

  • All April 2024 PFAs reflect an increase in allowable project budget as follows:
    • Capacity Building and Dissemination Initiative awards total cost allowance has increased from $250,000 to $300,000 (direct + indirect costs).
    • Stakeholder Convening Support award total cost allowance has increased from $100,000 to $125,000 (direct + indirect costs).
  • The April 2024 Dissemination Initiative PFA no longer has two tracks for applicants to select from. The PFA now allows for limited dissemination capacity building activities at the beginning of a Dissemination Initiative project. The majority of project activities, time and budget must be dedicated to the active dissemination of eligible PCORI-funded research findings.

Engagement Award Categories

  • Engagement Award: Capacity Building

The Engagement Award: Capacity Building opportunity funds projects that build communities prepared to participate in patient-centered CER. These awards support organizations with strong ties to patients, caregivers, clinicians and other stakeholders who have a connection to a research focus area and seek to better equip stakeholders to engage as partners in patient-centered CER. These projects will focus on building the knowledge, competencies and abilities of their community to be meaningful partners with researchers throughout the research process. Projects can last up to two years and cost up to $300,000. 

Learn more about this PFA: Engagement Award: Capacity Building.

  • Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative

The Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative funding opportunity aims to support projects that help organizations and communities actively communicate pertinent PCORI-funded research findings to their specific audiences, including patients, clinicians, communities and others, in ways that will command their attention and interest and encourage use of this information in their healthcare decision making. Projects can last up to two years and cost up to $300,000. 

Learn more about this PFA: Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative

  • Engagement Award: Stakeholder Convening Support

The Engagement Award: Stakeholder Convening Support funding opportunity provides support to organizations and communities to hold multi-stakeholder convenings, meetings and conferences that include a combination of patients, caregivers, researchers, clinicians, purchasers, payers, health system leaders and/or other stakeholders. These convenings must have a focus on, and commitment to, supporting collaboration around patient-centered CER. Convenings should be designed with the active collaboration and partnership of patients, community groups and/or other stakeholder organizations. Projects should bring together diverse stakeholders around a central focus or shared priority that unifies stakeholders (e.g., geography, health condition, population) to explore issues related to patient-centered CER or communicate PCORI-funded research findings to targeted end-user audiences. Projects can last up to one year and cost up to $125,000.

Applicants must select one of two tracks: Convening Around Patient-Centered CER or Convening Around Dissemination of PCORI-Funded Research Findings.

• Convening Around Patient-Centered CER projects promote discussion of research topics, questions and engagement plans for patient-centered CER.

• Convening Around Dissemination of PCORI-Funded Research Findings projects communicate results from eligible PCORI-funded studies to end users through meetings.

Learn more about this PFA: Engagement Award: Stakeholder Convening Support.


For more information, visit the PCORI Funding Center and review the Engagement Award Submission Instructions.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

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