Tier I awards fund the building of the community and capacity necessary to later develop a patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER) project addressing the issue of interest to the awardee.

The Tier I awards are for individuals or groups who are not usual candidates for research funding. This program is intended to support those individuals and groups with critically important ideas who may not have other opportunities for research funding. In order to qualify for Tier I funding, you must demonstrate success in a past community-building project. The project doesn’t have to have been health-related. You need to explain how you engaged the community and formed partnerships to achieve your goal and how, by building relationships and forming partnerships, you were able to overcome any obstacles.

Read more about the Pipeline to Proposal Awards Initiative.

The application acceptance period for Pipeline to Proposal Awards Tier I Cycle 2 is now closed.

Key Dates

Online System Opens
November 21, 2014
Letter of Intent Deadline
December 23, 2014
Application Deadline
February 20, 2015

Funds and Project Period

Funds Available Up To


Maximum Project Period

9 Months

Letters of Inquiry were screened for responsiveness to the call for applications and fit to program goals. Only those selected were permitted to submit full applications, and they were notified via Submittable.

Applicant Resources