Key Dates

  • LOI Status Notification:
    March 5, 2024
  • Application Deadline:
    May 7, 2024; 5 pm (ET)
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This PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA) seeks to fund studies that build an evidence base on engagement in research, including:

  • Measures to capture structure/context, process, and outcomes of engagement in research
  • Techniques that lead to effective engagement in research
  • How effective engagement techniques should be modified and resourced for different contexts, settings, and communities to ensure equity in engagement and research

To learn more about PCORI's priorities in measures of engagement, please see the article available at Measuring What Matters for Advancing the Science and Practice of Engagement.

Applications focused on patient engagement in clinical or self-care are NOT responsive to this PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA). This includes clinical shared decision-making interventions, interventions to increase patient engagement with recommended treatments or preventive measures, or to increase use of recommended interventions by populations. For example, a study to develop and/or test an intervention to increase patient persistence in the use of guideline recommended medication is not responsive. This PFA is focused on engagement of partners in RESEARCH; i.e., the life-cycle of planning, conducting and disseminating research projects.

Over the past decade, PCORI has transformed how research is conducted by requiring the engagement of patients, families, caregivers, and the broader health and healthcare community. Engagement in research is defined as the meaningful involvement and partnership of stakeholders throughout the research process—from planning and conducting the study to ultimately disseminating study results.

Much has been learned about engagement in research from PCORI’s investments, yet significant evidence gaps remain. There is presently no consensus on how to define or measure engagement, and there has been little systematic study of which engagement techniques are most effective. Methods for engaging and facilitating the inclusion of historically underrepresented populations as study partners is a further critical gap.

Through more than 10 years of funding engaged research, PCORI has learned that engagement is a complex intervention, and there is not yet an in-depth understanding of how engagement in research produces its effects. Understanding how engagement supports successful research will advance PCORI’s National Priorities for Health. Consistent with complex health intervention frameworks and the Donabedian Structure/Context-Process-Outcomes framework, studies must first define the activities and behaviors that engagement entails—and measure them—to understand which components predict success and the causal mechanisms underlying them.

Research Initiative Highlights

PCORI’s PFA on the Science of Engagement will solicit applications that focus on:

  • Development and validation of measures to capture structure/context, process, and outcomes of engagement, for both stakeholders and investigators
  • Development and/or testing of engagement methods to generate evidence on the most effective approaches for engagement in research, particularly for underrepresented populations, and how effectiveness varies by context
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Key Dates

Online System Opens
January 9, 2024
Applicant Town Hall
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Letter of Intent Deadline
February 6, 2024, by 5 pm (ET)
Letter of Intent Status Notification
March 5, 2024
Application Deadline
May 7, 2024, by 5 pm (ET)
Merit Review
July 2024
Awards Announced
November 2024
Earliest Start Date
April 2025

Funds and Project Period

Funds Available Up To
See PFA for more details
Total Direct Costs
Rapid Measurement Studies
-- Up to $1 million
Development and Testing of Engagement Approaches
-- Up to $1.5 million
Maximum Project Period
Rapid Measurement Studies
-- Up to 24 months (2 years)
Development and Testing of Engagement Approaches
-- Up to 3 years

To Apply for This Opportunity

  1. Read the full funding announcement
  2. Follow the process outlined in the Submission Instructions
  3. Submit a Letter of Intent
  4. Submit an application (if invited)

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