For Immediate Release
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Washington, D.C. (July 22, 2014) – The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) today launched a new funding opportunity through the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program to support research meetings and events that will expand patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER).

Eligible organizations may begin applying immediately for the awards. One-time meeting awards provide up to $50,000 for up to one year. Multi-year awards will provide up to $250,000 to support annual or biennial events over a maximum two-year period.

Eligible organizations include private and public institutions, such as nonprofits, universities, healthcare systems, product manufacturers, and governmental research agencies.

“I’m pleased to announce this new opportunity through our Engagement Awards program to support the efforts of patients, caregivers, clinicians, policy makers, and other stakeholders who wish to become more actively and meaningfully engaged in research,” said Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer. “Research meetings and events are an important means to develop and share knowledge that can foster better understanding and build trust and collaboration among a variety of interested stakeholders.”

The new funding opportunity is the latest additions to the awards program, which launched in February with the aim of supporting a range of projects that encourage the active integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as members of the research enterprise. PCORI has made seven Engagement Awards totaling more than $1 million to date. They are:

The Engagement Awards program is currently accepting and reviewing applications and several applications are in consideration. Interested applicants for any of PCORI’s Engagement Awards can view details of the funding notices at the program’s page on the PCORI website.



The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, non-profit 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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