PCORI helps patients, caregivers, clinicians, policy makers and other healthcare system stakeholders make better-informed health decisions—and improves healthcare delivery and outcomes—by funding research that produces high-integrity evidence about how to prevent, diagnose, treat, monitor and manage diseases, disorders and other health conditions, and by promoting the dissemination and uptake of this evidence. PCORI is committed to transparency and a rigorous stakeholder-driven process that emphasizes the engagement of patients, caregivers and the broader healthcare community in all aspects of PCORI-funded research and its dissemination and uptake.

The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award Program, named in honor of the first chair of PCORI’s Board of Governors, is intended to bring more patients, caregivers, clinicians and other healthcare stakeholders into the research process. The goal is to support projects that will build a community better able to participate in patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) and serve as channels to disseminate study results. This is central to PCORI’s mission to fund useful CER that will help patients and those who care for them make better-informed healthcare decisions.

The Engagement Award Program supports PCORI’s Engagement Imperative defined in PCORI's Strategic Plan. The goal is to increase engagement in patient-centered CER—that is, the meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians and other healthcare stakeholders throughout the research process. 

This program is not a research funding opportunity.

Learn about Recently Funded Engagement Projects

Open Engagement Award PFAs

April 2024 Cycle

These Engagement Award PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs) opened on Jan. 16. Letters of Intent for these funding opportunities were due April 4, by 5 pm (ET). Full proposals, which are by invitation only, are due July 10, by 5 pm (ET).

Engagement Award: Capacity Building (April 2024 Cycle)

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.

Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative (April 2024 Cycle)

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.

Engagement Award: Stakeholder Convening Support (April 2024 Cycle)

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.


April 2024 Engagement Awards Information

Recent Engagement Award PFAs

October 2023 Cycle

These Engagement Award PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs) opened on July 18, 2023. Letters of Intent for these funding opportunities were due Sept. 28, 2023, by 5 pm (ET). Full proposals, which are by invitation only, were due Jan. 10, 2024, by 5 pm (ET).

Awardee Share and Tell Video Series

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, many awardees from the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award Program have been pivoting from in-person engagement events to virtual settings. Some of these awardees have created videos to share valuable lessons and insight with the greater PCORI awardee community about successful ways to shift to or implement a virtual patient-centered CER engagement event.

Watch the Videos

Engagement Award Program Review and Analysis

Insight Policy Research reviewed, extracted and analyzed data from Engagement awardees’ interim and final progress reports, which indicate accomplishments, challenges and successes during the award period. The synthesis of findings, which was conducted between 2017-2020, is outlined in this poster.


For questions about the Engagement Award application process, the PCORI Online application system, application deadlines or related issues, please contact us at [email protected] or (202) 370-9312. 

PCORI aims to respond to all questions within two business days. However, it cannot promise a response within two business days before a deadline.

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Posted: October 15, 2013; Updated: April 5, 2024

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