Why was PCORI created? 

PCORI was established to help address the challenges clinicians and their patients experience in getting daily healthcare questions answered. We are dedicated to closing the gaps in the evidence that is needed to improve key health outcomes. 

How does PCORI funding differ from other types of contracts or grants? 

PCORI funds comparative clinical effectiveness research through contracts rather than grant awards. The contracts are milestone- and deliverable-driven, and payment is strictly tied to expenses related to successful performance and achievement of contract milestones and deliverables. 

To review PCORI's funded contract terms and conditions, see PCORI Contract for Funded Research.

Is PCORI a federal agency? 

No. PCORI was authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 as an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization. Our purpose is to help patients, clinicians, purchasers and policy makers make more informed health decisions by “advancing the quality and relevance of evidence about how to prevent, diagnose, treat, monitor, and manage diseases, disorders and other health conditions.” We do this through funding comparative clinical effectiveness research and related projects.  

What does a PCORI contract look like? 

To review PCORI’s funded contract terms and conditions, see PCORI Contract for Funded Research


Posted: September 1, 2023

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