|This PCORI Funding Announcement will open on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.|
Notice of Upcoming PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA)
Research Initiative Highlights
This PCORI funding announcement (PFA) invites applications for high-quality, comparative effectiveness research (CER) projects that focus on treatment options for adults 50 years or older with mild to moderate age-related hearing loss. Investigators should address important decisional dilemmas by comparing treatment options that may include hearing devices and/or support services for hearing loss. Hearing devices may encompass, but are not limited to, hearing aids (prescription or direct-to-consumer) and personal sound amplification products. Examples of support services or service models include audiologist or licensed technician fitting of hearing aids, patient self-selection and self-fitting of hearing aids, and counseling or education interventions. Proposed comparators must have established evidence of efficacy for hearing-related outcomes or of widespread use.
PCORI is soliciting the submission of applications that propose rigorous randomized controlled trials or observational, prospective cohort studies. These studies should evaluate the comparative effectiveness of hearing loss interventions on important patient-centered outcomes such as hearing-specific health-related quality of life or psychosocial outcomes, as well as relevant functional outcomes for device comparisons. The length of follow-up should not exceed six months.
Please note that PCORI does not fund intervention costs and investigators will be required to document how they plan to cover these costs.
Investigators may request up to $2 million in direct costs for each project and a maximum study duration of three years. Studies with well-justified design and analysis plans that may be completed in a shorter time frame are encouraged.
This preannouncement is intended to allow investigators enough time to develop rigorous applications that address high-priority patient- and stakeholder-guided research questions. A full announcement providing additional information for this PFA will be published on May 1, 2019.