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Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award: Capacity Building

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Research
Organizations and Agencies for Patient-Centered Healthcare

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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

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Deadline Date:

05/01/20 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit and for-profit organizations, public institutions, such as IHEs and healthcare systems, and government agencies to promote healthcare outcomes and clinical effectiveness research. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended to provide research support rather than a research funding opportunity. The grant offers an opportunity for organizations to continue to build capacity/skills for patient-centered outcomes research and comparative clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER), as well as evaluate implementation and effectiveness within different settings and stakeholder groups.

The Engagement Award: Capacity Building aims to support projects that help communities increase their facility with and ability to participate across all phases of the PCOR/CER process. The awards support projects that encourage active integration and meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders throughout the research process as integral members of the PCOR/CER enterprise. 

Examples of projects of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Projects that support organizations with strong ties to patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders to equip them to engage as partners in PCOR/CER. These projects will focus on building the knowledge, competencies, and abilities of patients and other stakeholders to be meaningful partners in research from topic selection through design and conduct of research to dissemination or implementation of results. 
  • Projects that strengthen the skills of researchers to be better partners to patients and other stakeholders involved in PCOR/CER. Applicants must clearly explain how the capacity that is developed through an award will be applied to existing or planned PCOR/CER partnership opportunities
  • Projects that support the use or adoption of available engagement tools/resources whenever possible, rather than develop new products and tools. If this project is using a PCORI-funded engagement tool/resource, applicants should identify the preexisting engagement tool/resource that this project will be scaling up or adopting. 
  • Projects that support organizations with strong ties to end-user audiences to lay the groundwork for disseminating and implementing PCOR/CER results. PCORI intends for these projects to focus on strengthening the infrastructure and relationships necessary to actively disseminate and implement research results or products derived from PCORI or related studies. Project activities may include developing, demonstrating, and evaluating the processes/pathways/tools necessary to incorporate PCOR/CER results into decision-making settings. For these types of projects, applicants must identify existing or emerging PCOR/CER findings highly relevant to their target population. Research results should also be placed within the context of the existing body of evidence in the topic area identified. 
  • Projects that implement available tools, processes, or programs, alone or in combination, in a new population or geographic area—for example, a new network of clinicians, patient advocates, and academic researchers—who will work together to ask and then answer PCOR/CER questions.

For information about successful applications, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 180287

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Award total costs may not exceed $250,000.

Term of Contract:

The earliest start date is December 1, 2020. The maximum project period is two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by any private-sector research organization, including any nonprofit or for-profit organization; any public-sector research organization, including any university or college hospital or healthcare system; any laboratory or manufacturer; or any unit of local, state, or federal government. The Internal Revenue Service must recognize all US applicant organizations. International organizations also may apply.

Organizations may submit multiple funding applications. Individuals are not permitted to apply. Nondomestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations may apply, as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the US healthcare system, and US efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be shown clearly

LOIs and applications will be considered nonresponsive for an Engagement Award if they propose:
- Projects solely intended to increase patient engagement in health care or health care systems rather than health care research
- Projects to design or test health care interventions
- Activities that involve the use of a drug or medical device
- Development of clinical practice guidelines or care protocols
- Projects to recruit and enroll patients for clinical trials
- Projects that only involve patients as subjects (individuals enrolled into a study as participants)
- Research studies including randomized controlled trials, observational studies and pragmatic clinical studies
- Development or maintenance of a registry, or recruitment to participate in a registry
- Projects designed solely to validate tools or instruments
- Writing research proposals or completing grant applications, grantmaking
- Projects focused on social determinants of health, with no focus on patient-centered outcomes research, or comparative clinical effectiveness research
- Planning for dissemination or dissemination initiatives without including PCORI-funded research or related products
- Implementation of PCORI findings in a clinical practice setting (PCORI will fund dedicated implementation efforts through the Limited PCORI Funding Announcement: Implementation of PCORI-Funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results)
- Projects or meetings without a clear focus on patient-centered outcomes research, or comparative clinical effectiveness research

Pre-proposal Conference:

An Engagement Award LOI Town Hall webinar will take place on Thursday, February 13, 2020, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm EST.

This webinar will provide an overview of PCORI, the PCORI Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards Program, and updates to the Engagement Award funding announcements. It will also provide information applicants may need to submit a responsive Letter of Inquiry (LOI).

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Pre-Application Information:

The online application system opens on February 14, 2020. The Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline is May 1, 2020 by 5 p.m. (ET). Full proposals are accepted by invitation only, and are due 40 days after review and approval of the LOI. PCORI aims to provide a final decision on the full proposal, via email, within 90 calendar days of receipt.

Key Dates:
- Town Hall: February 13, 2020, 11:30 am (ET)
- Online System Opens: February 14, 2020
- LOI Deadline: April 1, 2020, by 5 pm (ET)
- LOI Status Notification: Within 45 calendar days of LOI deadline
- Application Deadline: 40 calendar days after invitation
- Earliest Project Start Date: November 1, 2020

A Project Lead (PL) may submit only one LOI to the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program per application cycle. Although a PL may apply for other PCORI funding opportunities, the research topic and project must be distinct. Projects whose scope overlaps with existing projects, or those that appear to be duplicate submissions with other PCORI funding opportunities, may be removed or declined during the screening process. LOIs appearing to be duplicative of already-funded projects may also be declined.

To register your organization in PCORI Online, you need a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and an Employer Identification Number (EIN). You can apply for a DUNS number3 and an EIN if applicable.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

Direct questions to:
(202) 370-9312

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
1828 L St. NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-827-7700
Fax: 202-355-9558

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Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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