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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 12, 2016) — The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has awarded funds totaling nearly $1.2 million to enable 22 projects to advance into the final phase of PCORI's "Pipeline to Proposal" Awards program.

These are the first projects to have successfully progressed to the third stage of the program’s three-tier process for helping researchers, patients, and other healthcare stakeholders to develop ideas for patient-centered outcomes research into full study proposals that include robust patient engagement.

The projects will receive Tier III awards totaling up to $50,000 each to continue work they began and refined with previous Tier I and II awards. The recipients have up to 12 months to complete their proposed work during which they are required to submit it to PCORI for funding consideration or to other research funders.

The recipients include individual patients and patient groups, as well as caregivers, healthcare providers, and researchers.

Details on the projects can be found on PCORI’s website. With this latest announcement, PCORI has approved awards totaling nearly $4 million through the Pipeline program.   

“It’s gratifying to see how these projects have developed through the Pipeline to Proposal process,” said Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, PCORI's Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer. “Our goal with the Pipeline program is to facilitate and nurture new partnerships that will ultimately result in a strong community of patients, researchers and other stakeholders working together to advance patient-centered outcomes research.”

PCORI’s three-tier Pipeline to Proposal Awards program begins with Tier I awards of up to $15,000 each that fund community-building and engagement projects. Tier II awards of up to $25,000 each 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.

PCORI has also instituted a separate opportunity for research teams to apply for Tier III funding. The Independent Tier III opportunity is intended for research partnerships that have not been funded previously through the Pipeline program but that have a track record of successful research and want to enhance their patient engagement. These projects, which will also be funded for up to $50,000 have a project period of nine months. The funds enable awardees to develop patient engagement values and skills that they can incorporate into their ongoing research efforts.  

More information on the Pipeline to Proposal Awards 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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