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Based on feedback from awardees and applicants and in response to PCORI’s National Priorities, we are pleased to share updates to the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program’s three funding announcements, which are open for Letter of Intent (LOI) submissions through April 1.

These opportunities reflect PCORI’s ongoing support of projects that encourage active integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as integral members of patient-centered outcomes research/comparative clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER).

Engagement Awards: Capacity Building

This award category funds projects that build communities prepared to participate in PCOR/CER. These projects support organizations with strong ties to patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders who have a connection to a research focus area, with the awards existing as a bridge to better equip the stakeholders to engage as partners in research. Projects can be up to two years in duration with funding up to $250,000.

Learn more about Engagement Award: Capacity Building

Engagement Awards: Dissemination Initiative

Special Area of Interest: Addressing Maternal Mortality

While the Engagement Awards retain existing funding opportunities, PCORI’s 2019 reauthorizing legislation included maternal mortality as a research priority area. The United States consistently ranks near the bottom among high-income countries on measures of maternal morbidity and mortality.

This priority area provides more focused support for engaging diverse stakeholders and facilitating PCOR/CER, which are critical for understanding and addressing the needs of those impacted by issues related to this topic. Organizations considering applying for an Engagement Award on a topic related to maternal morbidity and mortality should review information available on the Engagement Awards webpage. 

PCORI reminds prospective applicants that special areas of interest exist to encourage submissions on a topic, not to limit submissions to that topic only. This special area of emphasis only applies to Capacity Building and Stakeholder Convening Support opportunities and not to the Dissemination Initiative opportunity.

This award funds initiatives—not conferences—to allow organizations and communities to plan for or bring relevant PCORI-funded research findings to people who can use these findings to make better-informed healthcare decisions. To meet this goal, initiatives promote findings in a way that will command the attention and interest of end users. Applicants must focus their project on one of two tracks—Building Capacity for Dissemination or Active Dissemination—when submitting a LOI.

Building Capacity for Dissemination projects lay the groundwork for disseminating and implementing PCORI-funded evidence through organizations with strong ties to end-user audiences. These projects focus on strengthening the infrastructure and relationships necessary to disseminate and implement research results, products, or programs tested within PCORI-funded or related studies. Applicants must identify an area of PCORI’s existing or emerging PCOR/CER findings highly relevant to their target population and in alignment with their organization or institution’s goals. Research results should also be placed within the context of the existing body of evidence in the topic area identified. More information about conditions and topic areas and populations of interest are on PCORI’s website.

Active Dissemination projects spread awareness and increase knowledge of PCORI-funded evidence, targeted directly to end-user audiences such as patients, clinicians, communities, and others who can use this information to inform healthcare decisions.

This initiative does not support projects dependent on passive dissemination strategies such as untargeted mass mailings, publication of study findings, and untargeted presentations to heterogeneous groups. Additionally, only the following sources of PCORI-funded evidence may serve as the basis for dissemination activities under this award:

Projects can be up to two years in duration and up to $250,000.

Learn more about Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative


Key Dates: Letter of Intent Submission Period Open February 1, Informational Webinar February 4, Letter of Intent Submission Deadline April 1 5 PM ET

Engagement Awards: Stakeholder Convening Support

This award category provides support to organizations and community groups to hold convenings, meetings, and conferences that include a variety of stakeholder groups. Convenings should be designed with the active involvement of patient and community organizations to bring diverse stakeholders together around a central focus or theme, such as geographic location, health condition, or population. The stakeholders will explore issues related to PCOR/CER or communicate PCORI-funded research results to targeted end-users. Projects can be up to one year in duration and up to $100,000.

Learn more about Engagement Award: Stakeholder Convening Support


PCORI is committed to working with awardees who may need to adapt plans because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Applicants should consider alternative plans within proposed projects should an in-person meeting not be feasible.

Supporting communities to conduct engagement projects is central to our mission to fund useful CER that leads to greater use of research results in healthcare decision-making processes by patients and the broader healthcare community. PCORI welcomes LOIs for all topics with a clear focus and commitment to PCOR/CER that fall within program guidelines.

We encourage interested applicants to read each funding announcement on the funding opportunities page and review the new Engagement Award Submission Instructions. To apply, click the link at the bottom of the funding announcement. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

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