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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) plans to award $20.5 million in FY 2018 as part of the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards. These awards are 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.
Step 2: Learn What We Don't Fund
LOIs and applications will be considered nonresponsive for an Engagement Award if they propose:
- Projects solely intended to improve patient engagement in healthcare service delivery, patient self-care, or patient-centeredness of care (e.g., shared decision making)
- Projects intended to increase the number of patients who agree to be research subjects or participants
- Research projects (PCORI funds these through other opportunities.)
- Planning or pilot studies
- Projects designed solely to validate tools or instruments
- Delivery of health care
- Development of registries
- Recruitment of research or registry participants
- Development of decision support tools or clinical practice guidelines
- Meetings that don’t focus on PCOR or CER
- Full-fledged projects to translate PCORI research findings into products and/or disseminate PCORI research results (Engagement Awards are for the purpose of capacity and infrastructure development; PCORI will fund dedicated dissemination efforts through the Limited PCORI Funding Announcement: Dissemination and Implementation of PCORI Funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results and Products in Real World Settings and/or may fund them through other funding announcements)
- Projects proposed by PCORI-funded investigators to prepare for applying (i.e. “bridge funding”) to the Limited PCORI Funding Announcement: Dissemination and Implementation of PCORI Funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results and Products in Real World Settings.
Step 3: Select the Funding Opportunity that Best Aligns with Your Proposed Project
Engagement Award projects will build a community better able to participate in patient-centered research (PCOR) and comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER), as well as serve as channels to disseminate study results. Through the Engagement Award Initiative Notice (EAIN), we provide support for symposia, seminars, workshops, and other organized and formal meetings where individuals assemble to exchange information or explore issues or areas of knowledge related to PCOR/CER.
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 Initiative Notice, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research/Clinical Comparative Effectiveness Research Meeting and Conference Support has a separate application process and that 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.
Note: Organizations that have previously received an Engagement Award are eligible to apply if their current/former project is being expanded, the content will be delivered in new formats, and/or the geographic breadth and/or audience reach will be broadened.
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.
Projects that contain activities that are included on the list of What We Do Not Fund may be considered out of scope and nonresponsive for an Engagement Award. Please review this list prior to submitting an LOI.
- 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
- Online User Manual: Submit a Letter of Inquiry
- Online User Manual: Submit Full Proposal
- Applicant FAQs
- Review Process
- Blog Post: Updates to Engagement Award Program
- Funded Projects Portfolio: Engagement in Research
- Webinar: Key Information and Updates
If you have any additional questions, please contact PCORI at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 370-9312. PCORI will provide a response within three business days.