Notice of Upcoming PCORI Engagement Awards Funding Announcement

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington Engagement Award Program intends to release a PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA) on July 19, 2022, seeking to fund projects that enable small organizations and their communities to build capacity and skills to participate in the patient-centered outcomes research/comparative clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) process.

This preannouncement is provided to allow potential applicants additional time to develop responsive, high-quality applications.


The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award Program supports projects that encourage meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as members of the PCOR/CER enterprise. These awards are for research support projects. This program is not a research funding opportunity.

The Engagement Award Program is committed to understanding and responding to the needs of the wide variety of organizations and stakeholders interested in building their capacity to engage in PCOR/CER. Extensive engagement with PCORI’s community indicated that many small organizations want to develop the capacity to be full partners in research, particularly PCORI-funded projects, and would also benefit from a supported peer learning environment and technical assistance. In response to this feedback, the Engagement Award Program developed the Engagement Award: Building Capacity for Small Organizations to Engage in PCOR/CER funding opportunity.

Funding Overview

The Engagement Award: Building Capacity for Small Organizations to Engage in PCOR/CER funding opportunity will support two-year projects that help small organizations and their communities build capacity and skills to take part in the PCOR/CER process.

The projects will leverage each awardee organization’s unique perspectives and experiences to build the knowledge, competencies, and abilities of the organization and its community to be meaningful partners with researchers throughout all phases of the PCOR/CER process.  

In addition to carrying out their proposed project, awardees will be required to participate in a learning network throughout the project period. The learning network will provide an opportunity for awardees to receive technical assistance on their projects, share expertise and experiences, and offer lessons learned. 


This section provides a brief overview of key eligibility requirements. Once the PFA is posted in July, please read the detailed eligibility requirements in the PFA carefully for important additional information.

Applicant organizations:

  • Must have an average yearly operating budget of $1.5 million or less over the past two fiscal years.
  • Must be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or have a fiscal sponsor that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • May not have received a total of over $100,000 through previous awards from the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award Program. Funds received as a subcontractor on an award do not count towards this total.
  • Must demonstrate a) current relationships with researchers and/or existing research networks; and b) current relationships with patients and other stakeholders who have a connection to, expertise in, or lived experience with, the topic area.

Note: Applicants who apply to this funding announcement are not eligible to apply to other Engagement Award Program funding opportunities offered in this cycle. 

Key Dates

Online System Opens
July 19, 2022
Letter of Intent Deadline
September 29, 2022 by 5pm (ET)
Application Deadline
By invitation only; Full proposals are due January 24, 2023 by 5pm (ET)
Earliest Start Date
July 1, 2023

Funds and Project Period

Total Costs
Award total costs may not exceed $250,000 (direct + indirect costs)
Maximum Project Period
2 years