PCORI Releases First Four Funding Announcements

June 5, 2012

PCORI Releases First Four Funding Announcements

On May 23, 2012, The Patient-Centered Research Institute (PCORI) released its first funding announcement to support comparative clinical effectiveness research to give patients and their caregivers the ability to make better health care decisions.

The following are the four PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs):
1. Assessment of Options for Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment
• Compares effectiveness of two or more strategies for prevention, treatment, screening, diagnosis, or management.
• Compares use of prognostication/risk-stratification tools with usual clinical approaches to treatment selection or administration.
• Investigates the key individual determinants of outcomes following treatment decisions
• Emphasizes studies in typical clinical populations, full range of relevant patient-centered outcomes , possible difference among patient groups.


2. Improving Health Care Systems: Research comparing alternative systems approaches to improving:
• Access to care, receipt of appropriate evidence-based care, safety of care
• Personalized decision-making and self-care.
• Coordination of care across healthcare services or settings
• Efficiency and reduction in use of ineffective, redundant, wasteful care
• Timeliness of referrals and transitions in care.

3. Communication and Dissemination Research: Research comparing the effectiveness of approaches to:
• Increase awareness of healthcare options among patients, caregivers and clinicians.
• Encourage effective patient, caregiver, or clinician participation in shared-decision making.
• Elicit or include patient-desired outcomes in healthcare decision making process.
• providing new information to patients, caregivers or clinicians, via public health approaches and social media.
4. Addressing Disparities: Research comparing alternative approaches to:
• Reducing or eliminating disparities in patient-centered outcomes
• Reducing the impact of contextual factors such as socio-economic, demographic, or community factors on clinical outcomes
• Overcoming patient, provider or systems level barriers to identifying and making preferred choices for preventive, diagnostic, and treatment strategies
• Information-sharing about treatment outcomes and patient-centered research in various populations
PCORI is hosting two webinars on June 6 and June 13 from 3:00-4:30p.m. ET for those interested in submitting applications for funding announcements. To register, please click here.
Also, on June 12 from 1:00-2:30p.m. ET, AcademyHealth is hosting a webinar on the overview of PCORI's research agenda featuring PCORI Chief Operating Officer Anne Beal, MD, MPH. To register, click here.
For application materials, please click on the Funding Opportunities section of the PCORI website.
 Letters of Intent are due June 15.. The application deadline is then July 31.