Project activities may include developing or tailoring specific mechanisms that will work best to provide patients, clinicians, and others in the healthcare community with useful evidence for the decisions they face. However, projects’ primary focus should be on activities that bring new evidence to people who can use it. Projects must also include evaluation of their dissemination mechanisms.
Successful applications will address:
- The importance of reaching the proposed audience for dissemination
- The applicant’s experience in bringing evidence to the intended audience
- The findings applicants plan to disseminate, and why these findings are relevant
- The potential impact of uptake of these findings
- The strategies the applicant proposes for dissemination, with justification of the choice of strategies
- The proposed strategies’ reach, or the number of people in the audience whose awareness and knowledge of the evidence disseminated will meaningfully increase
- The evaluation metrics for assessing the success of the dissemination strategies
The following PCORI-funded research evidence sources may serve as the basis for dissemination activities under this award:
- PCORI-funded Primary Research Results. These are articles published in peer-reviewed research journals that are based on work done by PCORI-funded projects.
- PCORI-funded Systematic Reviews and Systematic Review Updates. These compilations provide answers to specific clinical questions by analyzing published and unpublished results from all relevant studies on a given topic.
- PCORI Evidence Updates. These briefs highlight some of the important research findings from PCORI-funded projects in a plain-language format for patients and other stakeholders.
- Applicants must identify the specific PCORI-funded research evidence that will be the focus of the dissemination initiative in the LOI and application.
- All evidence that is the focus of a dissemination initiative must have been published (primary research results) or posted on PCORI’s website (the other sources) by the LOI receipt date.
Building on Our Foundation of Engagement in PCOR
Even as our emphasis on dissemination expands, the Engagement Award program is still committed to funding projects that enable organizations to engage patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders as partners in research.
We have found that many applicants propose projects that fall outside the scope of the Engagement Awards program. Because we want applicants to be successful, we’d like to clarify that these awards don’t fund
- Projects solely intended to improve patient engagement in healthcare service delivery, patient self-care, or patient-centeredness of care (e.g., shared decision making)
- Research studies (PCORI funds these through other opportunities.)
- Delivery of health care
- Development of registries
- Projects intended to increase the number of patients recruited as participants in research studies or registries
- Development of decision aids or clinical practice guidelines
- Meetings that don’t focus on PCOR or CER
- Development of research proposals
These projects focus on building knowledge and competency of patients and other stakeholders so that they may serve as meaningful partners in all stages of research, from topic selection to dissemination of results. As always, these projects may also fund activities to strengthen researchers’ skills in partnering with patients and other stakeholders.
To reflect our added emphasis on dissemination and implementation, we’ve recategorized the Engagement Awards of this type. Starting with the June 2018 review cycle, we are shifting to offer two new versions of previously existing awards.
Engagement Awards: Capacity Building. This is the original Engagement Award category with a revised name and expanded focus on dissemination and implementation. This award category funds projects to build a community of individuals and organizations that can participate in PCOR or CER, and develop partnerships to disseminate PCORI-funded research results. These awards are for up to $250,000 in total costs and are up to two years in duration.
Engagement Awards: Conference Support. This was previously known as Engagement Award Initiative Notice for Research Meeting and Conference Support. This award category funds conferences, workshops, and other meetings in which individuals explore issues related to PCOR or communicate PCORI-funded research results to audiences that need them. Conference organizers must address the proposed conference activities as part of a strategy for increasing the uptake of findings that could have important impact on clinical practice. The funding amount of $50,000 and duration of one year remain the same.
The next application deadline is June 1, 2018. We encourage interested applicants to review the new application guidelines on the Engagement Awards page and email [email protected] with any questions.