Healthcare research traditionally includes only scientists and other research professionals. At PCORI, our projects involve nontraditional stakeholders in selecting topics, designing and conducting research, and disseminating results. We believe engaging stakeholders with firsthand experience of conditions can produce more patient-centered, useful, and trustworthy research, ultimately leading 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, aims to include patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders in the research process. Our goal is to support projects that build communities prepared to participate in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER), as well as to serve as channels for disseminating study results. Building communities through engagement projects 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 Engagement Award program supports PCORI’s engagement imperative, which is defined in our Strategic Plan. The program 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. Of note: Engagement Awards do not fund research studies.
Apply for an Engagement Award
We accept applications for three types of engagement projects:
- Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative provides support for organizations and communities to actively disseminate PCORI-funded research findings individually or as part of the body of relevant existing evidence. These projects aim to spread awareness and increase knowledge of evidence from PCORI-funded research. The projects directly target patients, clinicians, and others who can use this information to inform their healthcare decisions.
- Engagement Award: Capacity Building provides support for projects that aim to build a community of individuals and organizations that is prepared to participate in PCOR or CER, or develop infrastructure and partnerships to disseminate PCORI-funded research results, or both.
- These projects may focus on building the knowledge, competencies, and abilities of patients and other stakeholders so that they may become meaningful partners in research.
- These projects may also develop, demonstrate, and evaluate the processes, pathways, or mechanisms necessary to incorporate PCOR or CER results into decision-making settings.
- Engagement Award: Conference Support provides support for conferences, workshops, and other meetings at which individuals gather to explore issues related to PCOR or CER, or communicate PCORI-funded research results to targeted audiences.
We expect that projects selected for Engagement Awards will further PCORI’s goals of promoting the relevance of research to target audiences and the uptake of research results by patients, clinicians, and other stakeholders. We are committed to using and sharing successful approaches.
If you are considering applying for an Engagement Award, please review the awards we have already made to avoid submitting a proposal that duplicates previously funded work.
For questions about Engagement Award application processes, 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 respond within three business days.
Posted: October 15, 2013; Updated: January 25, 2019