The PCORI Annual Meeting brings together nearly 1,000 members of the healthcare community, including researchers, patients, caregivers, clinicians, insurers, health system representatives, and other stakeholders. The event serves as a report to the nation on PCORI’s progress in funding research to determine which care approaches work best, for whom, and under what circumstances.
The 2020 PCORI Virtual Annual Meeting, Accelerating Impact on Care and Patient Outcomes, is evolving to a virtual format that will offer attendees the learning opportunities and networking that have become synonymous with our premier event focused on patient-centered, stakeholder-driven research.
PCORI invites its awardees and project partners to submit an abstract for a virtual poster presentation at the 2020 Virtual PCORI Annual Meeting highlighting their results, activities, and lessons learned. Submit your abstract using one of the forms below, based on your submission type, by 5 pm ET on July 15, 2020. Poster presenters may be considered for a breakout panel presentation. You may submit a poster abstract even if you are invited to give an oral presentation.
The poster session will be open to all virtual attendees. Posters will be presented at fixed times on September 16 and 17, during which time at least one presenter for each poster must be online and available to answer questions. Poster times will be shared once the Annual Meeting agenda is finalized.
- Any PCORI-funded project may apply, including those that have been recently awarded or completed.
- The contract must be in good standing regarding PCORI requirements and milestones.
- Presenters must commit to attend the full PCORI Annual Meeting and be available to discuss the poster with other attendees during the designated poster sessions.
- Submissions must meet all eligibility requirements specific to the submission type, as outlined below.
Guidelines by Submission Type
Dissemination and Implementation Awardees*
Abstract submissions under this type must come from Dissemination and Implementation Award recipients, including awardees from the Limited Competition: Implementation of PCORI-Funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results, the Implementation of Effective Shared Decision Making Approaches in Practice Settings, and the Implementation of Findings from PCORI’s Major Research Investments PFAs. Poster abstracts will include a brief description of the original research study findings, but the primary focus of the poster should be on the implementation of those findings in practice. You must have received funding notification on or before March 2, 2020 to be eligible.
Abstracts will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
- Does the poster focus on your implementation project?
- Does the abstract respond effectively to all sections in the abstract submission guidelines?
- Is the abstract clear and well-written (i.e., easy to understand, no jargon, concise, etc.)? Will it be of interest to others?
*includes awardees from the Limited Competition: Implementation of PCORI-Funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results, the Implementation of Effective Shared Decision Making Approaches in Practice Settings, and the Implementation of Findings from PCORI’s Major Research Investments PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs).
Abstract submissions under this type must come from PCORI Engagement Awardees and highlight the activities and lessons learned from their projects. This year’s poster session will allow attendees to learn how organizations are building patient and stakeholder capacity to participate as partners in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) from topic generation through the dissemination of research results.
- You must be at least halfway through the contract period by August 1, 2020.
- Projects completed between January 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020 are eligible.
- Projects completed prior to January 1, 2019 are not eligible.
- Preference will be given to awardees who have not previously presented a poster at a PCORI Annual Meeting.
- You must submit a project abstract for consideration.
You must be available during assigned poster sessions and breaks to discuss your poster with other attendees. Abstracts will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
- Does the poster focus on increasing patient or other stakeholder engagement in the research and/or disseminating PCORI-funded research results?
- Does the poster present information that could be used by others in their engagement and/or dissemination work?
- Is the poster topic generalizable/of potential interest to others outside of the awardee organization?
- Does the abstract describe the motivation, goal, method, and conclusion clearly and concisely (i.e., well-written, easy to understand, no jargon, etc.)?
PCORnet® Network Partners
Abstract submissions under this type must come from PCORnet Network Partners and highlight innovative developments within PCORnet that are useful for stakeholders and others looking to use PCORnet resources for research. This is an opportunity to highlight PCORnet study results, successful innovations, and lessons learned throughout the development and utilization of the PCORnet infrastructure. This can include but is not limited to engagement approaches; recruitment strategies; developing and utilizing computable phenotypes; operationalizing the PCORnet Front Door; and approaches to administrative simplicity, study results, or dissemination methods.
Abstracts will be reviewed by at least two individuals from the PCORI Research Infrastructure staff based on the following criteria:
- Applicants must be affiliated with a:
- Current PCORnet network (see current list of networks here: https://pcornet.org/clinical-research-network/)
- PCORnet Coordinating Center
- PCORI-funded PCORnet demonstration project
- Partnerships to Conduct Research within PCORnet project
- Rapid-cycle research project
- PCORI-funded PCORnet designated study
- Projects can submit more than one poster, but PCORI will look for portfolio balance when reviewing submissions.
- Applications must be submitted with the knowledge of the lead principal investigator, who must be copied on the email submission.
- PCORI staff will review the applications for the following:
- Did the applicant adequately answer the questions?
- Does the topic help external stakeholders and researchers looking to engage with PCORnet for research by sharing results, innovations, and/or lessons learned?
- The overall representation of PCORnet and portfolio balance across the posters.
Engagement Practices, Methods, and Results
Abstract submissions under this type must come from PCORI research awardees and focus on engagement activities within research studies. This is an opportunity to highlight how engagement activities have influenced the approaches and outcomes of PCORI-funded studies or have influenced broader institutional changes in the conduct and culture of health research. Posters may address:
- Engagement’s influence and impact on the planning, conduct, or implementation of the study or dissemination of findings
- How contributions of engagement are measured (including innovative approaches to assess engagement)
- How PCORI-funded projects have influenced institutional policies, programs, or procedures to be more patient centered
- Tools and resources developed to facilitate the conduct of PCOR or dissemination of results
- Models of engagement and strategies to include more diverse representation
- Transferability of lessons learned and outcomes to the broader PCOR community
Research Practices, Methods, and Results
Abstract submissions under this type must come from PCORI research awardees and focus on an important patient-centered comparative effectiveness research question that addresses a well-documented evidence gap. Posters should include the causal pathway from intervention to outcomes, research methods, and either primary results or preliminary or incidental findings from the PCORI-funded project. This is an opportunity to highlight how the research addresses a decisional dilemma for patients, clinicians, or other stakeholders or how findings to date have influenced clinical practice.
- Contract effective date must precede January 1, 2020.
- Study is in current good standing (or complete).
- Submission features new material that has not been presented at a previous PCORI Annual Meeting (focusing on a new finding since the project was first presented would be acceptable).
- Submissions that focus on PCORI priority topics, or findings relevant to priority populations, are encouraged.
You will be notified of your selection status by Wednesday, August 5, 2020. If accepted to participate, PCORI staff will provide additional instructions and guidance. Final posters will be due by September 2, 2020 in PowerPoint form. For more information about the 2020 PCORI Virtual Annual Meeting, please visit our website: https://www.pcori.org/2020-annual-meeting.
Abstract Submission FAQs
Q: Can I submit more than one poster abstract?
A: No. Only one submission is permitted per research project.
Q: Should I submit an electronic version of my poster when completing my submission?
A: No. Only the poster abstract is needed for this application.
Q: Can I use a poster that I prepared for a different conference?
A: Yes, but you must still submit an abstract and the poster must meet our criteria to be invited.
Q: My contract has ended and my project is completed. Am I eligible to apply?
A: Yes, those with completed projects are eligible to apply.
Q: Must the principal investigator submit the abstract and present the poster (if selected)?
A: Any team member who is or has been significantly involved in the project may submit the abstract and present the poster. This may also include the project manager, research assistant, patient/stakeholder partner, or engagement manager/coordinator/lead.
Q: Does the poster have to be entirely based on the project activities funded by PCORI?
A: Yes. The poster should focus primarily on PCORI-funded activities. However, if there is other non-PCORI-funded work that is directly related to your project, you may include it (along with a reference/footnote to any other funding sources).
Q. How will I know that my abstract has been accepted?
A. PCORI will notify you of your submission status by August 5, 2020.
Q: Our team presented a poster last year. May we submit an abstract for this poster session?
A: Yes, we welcome repeat presenters, as long as you can report updated information, such as the progress of your project (barriers and successes), lessons learned, or other findings to date.
Q: If my abstract is invited, when will my poster be due?
A: Final posters will be due by September 2, 2020 and must be submitted to PCORI in PowerPoint form.