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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) plans to award $20.5 million in fiscal year 2018 as part of the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards. These awards are for research support rather than a research funding opportunity.
The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards support projects that encourage active integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as integral members of the patient-centered outcomes research/clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) enterprise.
Step 1: Learn What We Fund
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. We expect projects selected for an Engagement Award to result in tools and resources that may be useful to other awardees for increasing patient and/or other stakeholder engagement in PCOR and CER, PCORI, and the broader PCOR community. We are committed to using and broadly sharing this information.
LOIs and applications will be considered nonresponsive for an Engagement Award if they propose:
- Projects solely intended to increase patient engagement in health care or health care systems rather than health care research
- Projects to design or test health care interventions
- Activities that involve the use of a drug or medical device
- Development of clinical practice guidelines or care protocols
- Projects to recruit and enroll patients for clinical trials
- Projects that only involve patients as subjects (individuals enrolled into a study as participants)
- Research studies including randomized controlled trials, observational studies and pragmatic clinical studies
- Development or maintenance of a registry, or recruitment to participate in a registry
- Projects designed solely to validate tools or instruments
- Writing research proposals or completing grant applications, grantmaking
- Projects focused on social determinants of health, with no focus on patient-centered outcomes research, or comparative clinical effectiveness research
- Planning for dissemination or dissemination initiatives without including PCORI-funded research or related products
- Conferences that are scheduled to occur less than 6 months from the application due date
- Projects or meetings without a clear focus on patient-centered outcomes research, or comparative clinical effectiveness research
Step 3: Select the Funding Opportunity that Best Aligns with Your Proposed Project
Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative for organizations and communities to actively disseminate PCORI-funded research findings.
Engagement Award: Capacity Building projects to build a community of individuals and organizations better able to participate in PCOR/CER, and/or develop infrastructure and partnerships to disseminate PCORI-funded research results.
Engagement Award: Conference Support for meetings to explore issues related to PCOR/CER, or communicate PCORI-funded research results to targeted end-user audiences
Step 4: Apply for an Engagement Award
Applying for an Engagement Award is a two-stage process. A Letter of Intent must be submitted and an organization must be invited to submit a full application. Specific requirements and guidance to complete a successful LOI and subsequent full application are found in the full funding announcement, application guidelines, and application checklist. Please note that the Engagement Award: Conference Support has a separate application process and that the funding announcement is available here.
Applications may be submitted by any private or public-sector organization, including any non-profit or for-profit organization or any unit of local, state, or federal government. All US applicant organizations must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Non-domestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations may apply, as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the US healthcare system, and US efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be clearly shown. Organizations may submit multiple applications for funding. Individuals are not permitted to apply.
Examples of projects of interest include but are not limited to the following:
- Projects to support organizations with strong ties to patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders to equip them to engage as partners in PCOR/CER. These projects will focus on building the knowledge, competencies, and abilities of patients and other stakeholders to be meaningful partners in research from topic selection through design and conduct of research to dissemination or implementation of results. These projects may also fund activity to strengthen the skills of researchers to be better partners to patients and other stakeholders involved in PCOR/CER.
- Applicants must clearly explain how the capacity that is developed through an award will be applied to existing or planned PCOR/CER partnership opportunities
- Applicants must also identify and describe any tools/trainings/programs that will be used as part of the project, as well as share the evidence base for the resources that will be used. Applicants are encouraged to use or adapt available resources whenever possible, rather than develop new products and tools.
- Projects to support organizations with strong ties to end-user audiences to lay the groundwork for disseminating and implementing PCOR/CER results. PCORI intends for these projects to focus on strengthening the infrastructure and relationships necessary to actively disseminate and implement research results or products derived from PCORI or related studies. Project activities may include developing, demonstrating, and evaluating the processes/pathways/tools necessary to incorporate PCOR/CER results into decision-making settings.
- For these types of projects, applicants must identify existing or emerging PCOR/CER findings highly relevant to their target population. Research results should also be placed within the context of the existing body of evidence in the topic area identified.
- Applicants must clearly explain how the infrastructure and relationships developed to disseminate and implement PCOR/CER could be sustained over time. Additionally, applicants should indicate whether the project may have the potential to be scaled to reach an even greater audience or if it could be a vehicle for disseminating and implementing additional PCOR/CER findings.
We expect that projects selected for an Engagement Award will further PCORI’s goals of promoting the relevance of research to target audiences and the uptake of research results by end-users. We are committed to using and sharing successful approaches.
The information and tools generated by Engagement Award projects must be generalizable; they must be of interest or use not just to the applicant organizations but to others doing related work. The tools and information will be made public so they can have a broader impact.
Letters of Inquiry (LOI) should be submitted by the application deadlines. Full proposal submissions are by invitation only, after review and approval of the LOI. Letters of Inquiry will be screened for responsiveness to the call for applications and fit to program goals. Only those selected will be permitted to submit full applications. LOIs will be reviewed within 40 days of submission. A full proposal, submitted upon invitation only, should be submitted within 40 days of receiving the invitation. Full proposals will be reviewed within 40 days of submission. If the full proposal is awarded, a PCORI staff member will coordinate arrangements to begin contracting negotiations. Typically contracts negotiations take about six weeks.
To select high-quality patient-centered projects, PCORI’s Engagement and Contract Management and Administration teams, and internal and external subject matter experts (as necessary) will review all Letters of Inquiry (LOI) and applications.
1. Program Fit
2. Project Plan and Timeline
3. Qualifications of the Project Lead
4. Personnel and Collaborators
5. Past Performance
6. Budget/Cost Proposal
For additional details on the review process click here.
- Biosketch Template
- Board of Directors Template
- Budget Justification Template
- Budget Template
- Organizational Summary Worksheet Workplan Template
- Project Deliverables/Milestones Template
- Project Workplan and Timeline
- Application Checklist
- Application Guidelines
- Engagement Award LOI Questions
- PCORI Online: Pre-award User Guides
- Applicant FAQs
- Review Process
- Blog Post: Refreshing the Engagement Awards Program
- Funded Projects Portfolio: Engagement in Research
- Webinar: Program Updates and Information for Applicants
- Presentation Slides: Program Updates and Information for Applicants
If you have any additional questions, please contact PCORI at [email protected] or (202) 370-9312. PCORI will provide a response within three business days.