WASHINGTON, DC (August 5, 2016) — The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has awarded funds totaling $688,000 for 46 projects through its "Pipeline to Proposal" Awards program.  These projects were approved for Tier I awards of up to $15,000 each to develop the capacity for patients, caregivers, and other stakeholders to participate in patient-centered clinical comparative effectiveness (CER) research.   

“Involving patients and other stakeholders in research is central to PCORI’s mission,” said Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, PCORI's Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer.  “These awards provide support to develop research ideas and support partnerships of individuals who might not otherwise find an opportunity to participate in CER.”

Tier I funding is the first phase of PCORI’s three-tier Pipeline Awards program. The 46 new award recipients have up to nine months to complete their proposed work after which they are eligible to apply for Tier II funding.  Tier II awards provide funds to help recipients further strengthen their community partnerships, develop research capacity, and build the infrastructure needed to conduct research. Tier III awards support the development of high-quality, patient-centered research proposals that can be submitted to PCORI or other funders.

With this latest announcement, PCORI has approved awards totaling nearly $5 million through the Pipeline program. PCORI has provided $1.8 million in total to 123 Tier I projects since the program began. It has also awarded $1.8 million to 71 Tier II projects and $1.1 million to 22 Tier III projects. The first project to successfully complete the Pipeline program was recently approved for a research award. The study will help identify effective approaches for self-care for Latinos diagnosed with diabetes. More information on the Pipeline program is available on PCORI’s website.



The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continuously seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is the nation’s leading funder of patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER). By comparing two or more health or healthcare approaches, CER generates evidence that helps people make better-informed decisions and improves healthcare delivery and outcomes. PCORI takes a holistic approach to its work, ensuring that patients and other health decision makers are engaged as partners throughout the research process, supporting dissemination and implementation of results in practice and strengthening clinical research infrastructure to advance patient-centered CER. PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress.

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