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The October 2022 Cycle of the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award Program is now open.

This funding cycle has a new funding opportunity for small groups: Building Capacity for Small Organizations to Engage in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)/Comparative clinical Effectiveness Research (CER).

This cycle also offers funding for three other Engagement Award (EA) opportunities: Capacity Building, Dissemination Initiative, and Stakeholder Convening Support. Learn about all four funding opportunities below.

Since 2014, the EA Program has awarded over $140 million to more than 680 projects. All of these projects help build communities ready to take part in PCOR, which is a type of CER.

Key Definitions: CER and PCOR

  • CER is comparative clinical effectiveness research. It is research that compares the outcomes, including possible benefits and harms, of two or more available healthcare options, to determine what works best for which patients, under what circumstances. Outcomes are the measurable results, positive or negative, of a healthcare option.
  • PCOR is patient-centered outcomes research. It is a type of CER. PCOR compares outcomes that matter most to stakeholders, such as patients and those who care for them, healthcare providers, and healthcare advocates. Patient-centered outcomes research requires the engagement of stakeholders as active partners in research. By sharing their lived experience and expertise, stakeholders influence research to be more patient-centered, relevant, and useful.
  • PCOR and CER are often listed together as PCOR/CER to show that PCOR is a type of CER. The term patient-centered CER also describes PCOR/CER.
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The goal of the EA Program is to help patients and other stakeholders build the capacity to plan, conduct, share, and use PCOR/CER. Stakeholders are patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders. The program supports PCORI’s Engagement Imperative, which is defined in the Strategic Plan. It helps patients and other stakeholders have a voice in all stages of research that affect them.

Conversations with stakeholders revealed that many small organizations want to build this capacity. Stakeholders thought these groups would benefit from learning from each other and receiving technical assistance (TA). To address this need, the EA Program developed the new funding opportunity: Building Capacity for Small Organizations to Engage in PCOR/CER.

The new funding will support projects to help small groups build the skills to become partners in PCOR/CER. Activities will:

  • Educate patients and other stakeholders on the basics of PCOR/CER
  • Build long-lasting stakeholder networks
  • Ask stakeholders to help create ideas for future PCOR/CER
  • Create new logic models, governance documents, and tools

All awardees will create a road map that outlines their next steps toward PCOR/CER. They will also evaluate their project.

These awards, like all awards under the EA Program, are for research support. They are meant to help teams get ready to take part in PCOR/CER. This program is not a research funding opportunity.


Applicants must be one of the following:

  • A private-sector organization, including any nonprofit or for-profit organization
  • A public-sector organization, including any university or college hospital or healthcare system
  • A unit of local, state, or federal government

The Internal Revenue Service must recognize all US applicant organizations. Organizations may apply through a fiscal sponsor if necessary. The fiscal sponsor must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Individuals are not permitted to apply. Nondomestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations may apply, as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the US healthcare system, and US efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be shown clearly.

Applicants must have an average yearly operating budget of $1.5 million or less over the past two fiscal years.

Applicants may not have received a total of over $100,000 through previous award(s) from the EA Program. If an applicant was a subcontractor on an award, those funds received do not count toward this total.

Applicants must have relationships with researchers or research networks. They must also have relationships with patients and other stakeholders.

Applicants who apply for this funding opportunity cannot apply for other EA funding opportunities in this cycle.

TA and a Learning Network

PCORI knows that applicants may be new to PCOR/CER and may also be new to the process of applying for PCORI funding. PCORI will provide TA to help. As they apply, applicants will have access to webinars, online chats, and phone calls with program staff. There are also FAQs, guides, and online tutorials.

During the project, awardees will have one-on-one TA. They will also take part in a learning network. The learning network will give them the chance to share their knowledge and experiences. Awardees must take part in the network activities. These include monthly hour-long virtual meetings and three two-day summits.

Engagement Award: Building Capacity for Small Organizations  (October 2022 Cycle)

Key Dates for Engagement Award: Building Capacity for Small Organizations to Engage in PCOR/CER

Three More Funding Opportunities

The October 2022 Cycle also includes three more funding opportunities.

Engagement Award: Capacity Building

This funding is for projects that will help build communities prepared to take part in all phases of the PCOR/CER process. Projects can last for up to two years; applicants may request up to $250,000.

Engagement Award: Capacity Building (October 2022 Cycle)

Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative

This funding is for projects that will help groups plan to or actively bring PCORI-funded research findings to people who need it. They will do this in ways that grab attention and spark interest. They will also urge people to use these findings as they make healthcare decisions.

This funding opportunity has two tracks. Building Capacity for Dissemination is for projects to lay the groundwork to disseminate PCORI-funded research findings. Active Dissemination is for projects that will spread awareness of PCORI-funded research findings. These projects will target the findings to people who will use it. Projects can last for up to two years; applicants may request up to $250,000.

Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative (October 2022 Cycle)

Engagement Award: Stakeholder Convening Support

This funding is for projects that will support multi-stakeholder meetings and conferences that explore issues related to PCOR/CER or communicate PCORI-funded research findings to key audiences. Projects can last up to one year; applicants may request up to $100,000.

This funding announcement includes a special area of interest for the Consideration of the Full Range of Outcomes Data. Find out more about this topic on the Funding Announcement page.

Engagement Award: Stakeholder Convening Support (October 2022 Cycle)

Key Dates for Engagement Awards: Capacity Building; Dissemination Initiative; and Stakeholder Convening Support

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