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General HSII FAQs

My organization is not an HSII Participant, but we are looking for ways to get involved in HSII. How can we get involved?

At this time, involvement in HSII is limited to HSII Participants. The best way for other organizations to stay informed about HSII is to see updates on PCORI's HSII web page,

Will PCORI open more opportunities to join HSII? If so, when will future opportunities be available?

PCORI may open future opportunities to join HSII. The timing of any future opportunities is not known.


FAQs for HSII Participants

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HSII Master Funding Agreement

What are the terms and conditions in the HSII Master Funding Agreement?

The HSII Master Funding Agreement template is available on the PCORI Contracts & Compliance web page. Please note that all selected HSII Participants will be subject to the same terms and conditions. PCORI does not accept revisions to standard contract terms and conditions unless a provision (1) is not permissible under state law and does not already have the qualifier "to the extent permitted" under state law, or (2) has a material adverse impact on the awardee’s ability to contract with PCORI.  

Our organization would like to make changes to the HSII Project Lead(s) named in our HSII Master Funding Agreement. How do I request a change?

Adding or changing an HSII Project Lead will require PCORI review and approval. HSII Master Funding Agreements may include up to two HSII Project Leads. To submit a change request, your Administrative Official will need to submit the materials below to [email protected]:

  1. Administrative Official-signed memo stating your organization’s request to add a Dual HSII Project Lead (or change your HSII Project Lead)
  2. Section A.4 of the HSII Participation Project Plan template completed with information about the proposed Project Lead
  3. Project Lead template with the proposed Project Lead’s information
  4. Leadership Plan template, if adding a Dual Project Lead
  5. Letter of Support from the proposed Project Lead’s leader

HSII Learning Network

When is the next HSII Learning Network meeting?

The next HSII Learning Network meeting will occur on Friday, June 9, 2–4 p.m. ET.

Who should attend HSII Learning Network meetings?

The HSII Project Lead should attend HSII Learning Network meetings. In the case of Dual Project Leads, at least one Project Lead should attend. Project Leads may invite a member of their organization to attend one or more meetings of the Learning Network in addition to themselves, as relevant to their activities.

Can an HSII Project Lead appoint someone to attend HSII Learning Network meetings in their place?

The HSII Project Lead may request to designate a representative (designee) to attend HSII Learning Network meetings on their behalf. The representative should be a leader at the HSII Participant organization who is closely tied to health care operations and authorized to speak on behalf of the HSII Project Lead and the HSII Participant.

All HSII Participants will receive a survey in March 2023 from the HSII Learning Network to gather information on HSII Project Lead(s)’ designees. In the future, requests to appoint a designee may be submitted to PCORI at [email protected]. Please email the designee’s:

  • Name
  • Position title
  • Contact information
  • Assistant’s name and contact information
  • Length of time at the organization
  • Brief description of their role at the organization, including their connection to the HSII Project Lead and authority to speak on behalf of the Project Lead
  • Brief description of the designee’s connection to health care operations

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HSII Capacity Building Projects

What is the Call for Proposals for Capacity Building Projects to Support Participation in HSII?

This Call for Proposals is the first funding opportunity available to health systems that have been accepted as participants in HSII. The goal of this funding opportunity is to support HSII Participants in strengthening their ability to undertake successful implementation efforts under HSII and to conduct program evaluation of these efforts.

Who is eligible to submit HSII Capacity Building proposals and to lead Capacity Building Projects?
  • Only organizations that PCORI has selected as HSII Participants will be eligible to apply for funding to undertake Capacity Building Projects under HSII.
  • Capacity Building Projects can be led by a single principal investigator (PI) or by co-PIs, but no more than two individuals. For projects with co-PIs, at least one PI must be an approved HSII Project Lead. The other PI can either be another approved HSII Project Lead or another leader within the organization.
What is the timeline for starting and completing a Capacity Building Project?

The earliest start date for a project is July 2023. You will have up to 18 months to complete the Capacity Building Project. Please note, your organization’s MFA must be in place and executed before funds can be awarded and projects can start.

Will my organization need to complete a Capacity Building Project before we can apply for or start an Implementation Project?

No. HSII Participants will be able to apply for and start an Implementation Project while their Capacity Building Project is ongoing.

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HSII Implementation Projects

Can PCORI share a list of likely HSII Implementation Project topics drawing from PCORI-funded research studies?

PCORI has not yet identified the specific topics for HSII Implementation Projects. PCORI will seek input from HSII Participants to inform topic selection beginning in Summer 2023.

To see examples of the types of implementation projects PCORI has funded through the Dissemination & Implementation program, please visit this web page.

When will PCORI release the first Call for Proposals for HSII Implementation Projects?

PCORI anticipates releasing the first Call for Proposals for HSII Implementation Projects in Fall 2023.

Can the HSII Project Lead(s) propose Implementation Projects that include a Dual Principal Investigator?

Yes. In response to future Calls for Proposals for HSII Implementation Projects, the HSII Participant may include up to two co-PIs for specific projects being proposed in response to these calls. At least one PI must be an approved HSII Project Lead. This co-PI arrangement may be advantageous for projects that take place within specific departments and/or clinical care settings.

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Posted: January 20, 2022; Updated: April 10, 2023

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