Piloting a Process for Application Deferrals
PCORI will pilot a new application submission deferral process starting with Cycle 1 2021 only for the Broad and Methods PFAs. The deferral option will be available to applicants who submitted a LOI and were then invited to submit a full application. Applicants will be limited to two deferral requests, which may cross cycle years. For example, if an applicant submits a successful LOI for Cycle 2 2021, the applicant could defer submitting a full application to the Cycle 3 submission deadline and then request a second deferral to Cycle 1 2022, if desired.
To request a deferral, the principal investigator must email [email protected], copying the institutional administrative official prior to the application deadline. If the deferral request meets these requirements, the request will be granted, and the applicant will be notified within one business day.
Under this pilot program, applicants will not need to upload their LOI again or recomplete application fields for the next cycle to which they deferred within PCORI Online. Deferral requests received after the deadline will be rejected and applicants will be encouraged to submit their LOI to meet the deadline for the next posted cycle.
Of course, an applicant with a project that falls under an SAE will be taking a risk if they decide to defer their submission, because PCORI may decide to remove that SAE by the time their application is submitted. However, the application would still be welcome. If PCORI has updated the information posted about PCORI research interests (e.g., refinements relevant to application responsiveness to a given PFA), it is possible that an application might not be appropriate for consideration under that PFA at the later date and the application could be declined.
More Information to Come
Preannouncements are posted for Cycle 1 2021 PFAs, and we will begin accepting LOIs when the PFAs open on January 5, 2021.
Applicant town halls (see "Cycle 1 2021 Applicant Town Halls" above) are scheduled for each of the PFAs in January. In the meantime, email [email protected] with any questions. And be sure to sign up for PCORI funding announcements and funding updates.