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Engagement Award: Conference Support

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and
IHEs for Conferences on Patient-Centered Research

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Deadline Date:

10/01/18 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA nonprofits, for-profits, public-sector research institutions, IHEs, hospitals, laboratories and manufacturers, and government agencies for conferences and meetings related to improving health outcomes through patient-centered care. The purpose of this program is to facilitate the exchange and expansion of patient-centered outcomes research and clinical comparative effectiveness research.


The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards, named in honor of the first chair of the Patient- Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors (Board), encourage active integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as members of the research process. The Engagement Awards, although not research based, provide a platform to expand the role of all stakeholders in research and to support PCORI’s Engagement Imperative, defined in the Strategic Plan.

PCORI’s engagement strategies include developing a skilled community of patients, caregivers, and other stakeholders from across the entire healthcare enterprise and involving them meaningfully in every aspect of PCORI's work—from developing research priorities to disseminating research findings. These strategies aim to increase the usefulness and trustworthiness of the information PCORI produces, facilitating its dissemination and uptake. Engaging patients and other stakeholders helps researchers ask questions that are meaningful to patients and other stakeholders, design and conduct the research in a way that provides valuable information, interpret the study findings appropriately, and communicate them effectively. PCORI’s engagement strategies also familiarize researchers and other stakeholders with PCORI's model of patient-centered research.

An Engagement Award Initiative Notice (EAIN) is a targeted funding notice within the Engagement Awards program.


The purpose of this Engagement Award Initiative Notice (EAIN) is to provide guidelines for available funding support for meetings and conferences that align with PCORI’s Mission and Strategic Plan. This support is intended to improve the relevance and conduct of patient-centered outcomes research/clinical comparative effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) and/or promote the use of PCOR evidence in practice.

The types of meeting/conference themes eligible for support under this EAIN include but are not limited to those where the meeting or conference meets the following criteria:

-Research Design and Methodology—Addresses methodological and technical issues of major importance in the field of PCOR/CER, or facilitates development of new research designs/methodologies.

-Research Development—Explores or identifies potential topics for PCOR/CER with patients, researchers, or other relevant stakeholders. Conference organizers must identify a clear audience for the topic identification exercise, particularly a research funding organization.

-Dissemination and Implementation—Communicates findings—or emerging findings—from PCORI or related studies to a targeted, essential end-user audience. Conference organizers must address the proposed conference activities as part of an essential strategy for increasing the uptake of findings that have important potential impact on clinical practice, including the important role of the proposed target end-user audience.

Eligible events include symposia, seminars, workshops, and other organized and formal meetings conducted in person or via the Internet, where individuals assemble to exchange information or explore issues or areas of knowledge as they relate to PCOR/CER.

Allowable costs (i.e., those costs that can be included in a proposed Detailed Budget when applying for a PCORI funding award and charged to the award) may include the following costs that derive from and directly support the project:

-Salaries and fringe benefits for study investigators and other research project staff (including engaged patient and other stakeholder research study partners) related to their percentage of effort on conducting the research project. (Such costs may not include personnel who deliver patient care as a component of their participation in the research project.)
-Consultant fees
-Travel that is necessary for conducting the project
-Expenses related to conducting engagement activities with patients and other stakeholders
-Other direct project expenses
-Indirect costs

Personnel costs must not exceed 50 percent of the requested budget.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178599

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award total costs must not exceed $50,000.

Although it is anticipated that most applications will request a budget that does not exceed $50,000, PCORI will accept applications that request a budget of up to $100,000 if a large number of targeted end-users will be convened, the meeting is focused on research results or products derived from PCORI or related studies, and the convening will increase the success and extent of the uptake of the findings. The budget must be justified by the intensity of the activities that will occur as a part of the convening(s).

Term of Contract:

The maximum project period is one year.

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.

All U.S. applicant organizations must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Nondomestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations may apply as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the U.S. healthcare system and U.S. efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be clearly shown.

Meetings conducted as part of the normal course of doing business that do not facilitate expansion of patient-centered outcomes research/clinical comparative effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) are not eligible for funding through this opportunity.

Individuals may not apply for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is October 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Proposals should be submitted by the application deadline. Proposals will be reviewed within 60 days of submission. If the proposal is awarded, a PCORI staff member will coordinate arrangements to begin contracting negotiations. Typically contracts negotiations take about six weeks.

Applications should be submitted at least six months before the conference. Exceptions may be granted under special circumstances.

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

Submit an Application:

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
1828 L St., NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036

P: 202-827-7700
F: 202-355-9558

If you experience technical difficulties using the PCORI Engagement Awards Initiative Notice Online Application System, please contact PCORI at or 202-370-9312.

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