The healthcare research process traditionally includes only scientists and other research-related professionals. PCORI believes that engagement of nontraditional stakeholders—from topic selection through design and conduct of research to dissemination of results—can influence research to be more patient centered, useful, and trustworthy, and ultimately lead to greater use of research results by patients and the broader healthcare community.
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 outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) and serve as channels to disseminate study results. This is central to our 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 our Strategic Plan—and provides a platform to increase engagement in research, that is, the meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders throughout the research process.
Apply for an Engagement Award: Capacity Building, Dissemination Initiative, or Stakeholder Convening Support
The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award program accepted applications in the May 2020 Cycle for the following funding announcements. The LOI deadline was May 1, 2020.
This award funds projects that build communities prepared to participate in PCOR/CER and serve as channels for disseminating study results. It also focuses on offering organizations and community groups the opportunity to scale up or adopt meaningful engagement tools and resources with more communities, stakeholders, and patients, with the intent to further build capacity/skills for PCOR/CER.
This award will continue to fund initiatives (not conferences) to disseminate PCORI-funded research evidence and published findings, systematic reviews, and evidence updates targeted directly to patients, clinicians, and others who can use this information to inform healthcare decisions. The emphasis should be on active dissemination strategies, rather than on passive dissemination or material/partnership development for future dissemination.
This award provides support to organizations and community groups to hold multi-stakeholder convenings, meetings, and conferences that include a variety of stakeholder groups. The convenings supported under this funding opportunity should be designed with the active involvement of patient and community groups and organizations to bring diverse stakeholders together around a central focus or theme that unifies stakeholders (e.g., geography, health condition, population), explore issues related to PCOR/CER, or communicate PCORI-funded research results to targeted end user audiences. This award was previously known as Engagement Award: Conference Support.
If you are considering applying for an Engagement Award, please be sure to review the awards we have already made to avoid submitting a proposal duplicative of work we are already funding.
Apply for an Engagement Award Special Funding Announcement in Response to COVID-19
The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award program is accepting applications for the following special funding announcements in response to COVID-19.
PCORI Funding Opportunity for COVID-19-Related Enhancements to Existing PCORI-Funded Engagement Awards
PCORI has a strong interest in generating timely findings to provide answers to dilemmas facing patients, clinicians, health systems, and other stakeholders and entities battling the novel coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Through this announcement, we are interested in supporting Enhancements to existing Engagement Awards that can be initiated sufficiently quickly to influence the outcome of the current pandemic by using existing teams that are currently funded by PCORI. They should have some relationship to the original award. Only PCORI-funded project leads with active Engagement Award contracts are eligible to submit a proposal in response to this funding announcement.
Engagement Award Special Cycle: Supporting Engagement in and Dissemination of PCOR/CER in the Context of COVID-19
*Please note that applications for this funding opportunity were due on Friday, May 22, 2020 by 5:00pm ET. The funding opportunity is now closed and applications are under review.
This award funds projects that build capacity/skills for PCOR/CER as well as active dissemination of PCORI-funded research results during the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects of interest will support organizations with strong ties to patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders to equip them to engage as partners in PCOR/CER in the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic. These projects will focus on identifying and using effective methods of engagement to build the knowledge, competencies, and abilities of their community to be meaningful partners in research from topic selection through design and conduct of research to dissemination or implementation of results in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For questions about Engagement Award application processes, the online application system, application deadlines, potential fit of a project idea, or related issues, please contact us at [email protected] or (202) 370-9312. We will respond within three business days.
Posted: October 15, 2013; Updated: May 1, 2020