The healthcare research process traditionally includes only scientists and other research-related professionals. PCORI believes that engagement of nontraditional stakeholders—from topic selection through design and conduct of research to dissemination of results—can influence research to be more patient centered, useful, and trustworthy, and ultimately lead to greater use of research results by patients and the broader healthcare community.
The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award program, named in honor of the first chair of PCORI’s Board of Governors, is intended to bring more patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders into the research process. The goal is to support projects that 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. This is central to our mission to fund useful CER that will help patients and those who care for them make better-informed healthcare decisions.
The projects include:
- Promoting the Intersection of Research on Health Literacy and Patient-Centered Care
- Partnering with Sexual and Gender Minority Communities to Address Cancer Disparities in Detroit
- Engaging Muslim Americans for Research on Community Health (E-MARCH)
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.
The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award program, a research support—not research—funding opportunity, is now accepting applications (letters of inquiry) for projects up to two years in duration, and up to $250,000 in total costs.
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.
Finally, 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.
If you are considering applying for an Engagement Award, please be sure to review the awards we have already made to avoid submitting a proposal duplicative of work we are already funding.
|For questions about Engagement Award application processes, technical assistance with the online application system, application deadlines, potential fit of a project idea, or related issues, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 370-9312. We will provide a response within three business days.|
Posted: October 15, 2013; Updated: November 7, 2017