PCORI Engagement Awards Program Offers New Meetings Funding Support

July 22, 2014

Funding Opportunity to Facilitate Events that Advance Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — 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 meetings and event 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:

    --  "PCOR Roadmap for State Policy Makers," awarded to the National Academy
        for State Health Policy to conduct surveys and focus groups and to
        develop a report on programs that state policy makers use to leverage
        patient-centered CER and a roadmap to guide them in the use of this
    --  "Engaging Patients and Providers in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
        Training (EPPiPCORT)," awarded to the North American Primary Care
        Research Group to provide patients, primary care providers, and
        researchers with the necessary knowledge and capacity to collaborate in
        PCOR and participate in review of applications for PCORI funding.
    --  "Enhancing Community Health Center PCORI Engagement," provided to the
        National Association of Community Health Centers to support the
        improvement and implementation of a curriculum designed to educate and
        engage health center teams -- including patients as well as clinical and
        administrative staffs -- in PCOR.
    --  "Engaging Medicaid Clinical Leaders," awarded to the National
        Association of Medicaid Directors to support the activities of the
        Medicaid Medical Directors Network, a group of physicians who advise
        state Medicaid directors on clinical policy and practice.
    --  "PCOR New Medical Products Project: Strengthening Patient Voices on
        Research Criteria," enabled the National Research Center for Women and
        Families to provide patients, caregivers, and their advocates with
        training and resources to increase their capacity and willingness to
        share their views about research safety and efficacy criteria with the
        Food and Drug Administration.
    --  "PhRMA Foundation Curricular Advances for Patient-Centered Comparative
        Effectiveness Research Education Conference," supported the PhRMA
        Foundation's efforts to hold a two-day conference at which
        representatives of academic centers, the life science industry,
        professional organizations, federal agencies, and health plans discussed
        the need for standardized competencies among those conducting
        patient-centered CER and the necessary training to achieve those
    --  "Core Outcomes Sets in Effectiveness Trials: A Multi-Stakeholder
        Training and Development Workshop," awarded to the Center for Medical
        Technology Policy to support a workshop that explored ways to promote
        development of Core Outcomes Sets and increase patients', practicing
        clinicians', and other key stakeholders' participation in this effort.

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 health care decisions. PCORI is committed to continuously seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work. More information is available at www.pcori.org.

SOURCE Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

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