The goal of peer review is to ensure that PCORI-funded primary research studies are held to the highest standards of scientific integrity, methodological rigor, and relevance and usefulness to patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders. Our process includes review of study findings by content experts, methodologists, patients, and other healthcare stakeholders with experience related to the study.

By law, all PCORI-funded primary research must undergo peer review and all results must be made available to the public. For more information, read PCORI's Process for Peer Review of Primary Research and Public Release of Research Findings, which was adopted by our Board of Governors in February 2015.

The Peer Review Process

Learn more about PCORI's Peer Review process, including how it's conducted and the timeline of activities.

The Draft Final Research Report

Tips and other information for awardees on the Draft Final Research Report.

Who Are Our Peer Reviewers?

Learn more about who PCORI's Peer Reviewers are and what they do.

Sign Up To Become A Peer Reviewer

Apply to become a PCORI Peer Reviewer.

Peer Review FAQ

Click here for questions and answers on PCORI's Peer Review process.

The Final Research Report after Peer Review

Find out the processes that the final research report goes through following the peer-review step.


Posted: October 10, 2016; Updated: November 13, 2019

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