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

Engagement Award: Stakeholder Convening Support


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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 09/28/23
Deadline: 01/10/24 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, IHE hospitals, and government agencies for conferences and meetings related to improving health outcomes through patient-centered care. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to a full application. There are three special areas of interest: intellectual and developmental disabilities, maternal morbidity and mortality, and consideration of the full range of outcomes data.

This program supports projects that encourage active, meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as integral members of the patient-centered outcomes research/comparative clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) enterprise.

Opportunity Overview

PCORI seeks to fund projects that allow patients, community groups, and/or other stakeholders to hold convenings, meetings , and conferences that:

  • Promote discussion of PCOR/CER
  • Share PCOR/CER engagement methods
  • Disseminate PCORI-funded research results
  • Plan for future PCOR/CER

Projects must bring stakeholders together around a shared focus. This can include geography, health condition(s), or population(s). The meetings should explore PCOR/CER issues or communicate PCORI-funded research findings to targeted end-user audiences. 


  • Stakeholders include patients, their families, caregivers, organizations that represent patients, clinicians, community members, healthcare purchasers, payers, industry, hospital and other health systems, policymakers, and training institutions.
  • The stakeholder groups must be engaged throughout the project. This includes developing the LOI and full proposal, planning and participating in the project, and evaluating and sharing project results. 

Funding Track Overview

For this funding opportunity, organizations must propose one of the following:

  • Convening Around PCOR/CER. These projects facilitate discussion on research topics, questions, and engagement plans for PCOR/CER.
  • Convening Around Dissemination of PCORI-Funded Research Findings. These projects communicate results from eligible PCORI-funded studies to a targeted, essential end-user audience through a convening or series of convenings as the primary method for active dissemination.

More information about Funding Tracks:

For this PFA, PCORI has named three Special Areas of Interest:

  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Maternal morbidity and mortality 
  • Consideration of the Full Range of Outcomes Data: This Special Area of Interest for this PFA has special requirements before applying.

For links to more information on Topic Themes, see the Full Grant Text RFP.

Project Outputs

All meetings must produce at least one deliverable. It should encourage project collaborators to take part in and/or disseminate PCOR/CER in the future. 

Examples include:

  • Strategic plans and/or road maps for future PCOR/CER
  • Ways for patients and other stakeholders to engage in PCOR/CER after the project period
  • Summaries of research topics, priorities, and research agendas, including the processes used to identify and prioritize the information
  • Dissemination strategies for research evidence and demonstrated success of proposed efforts

This funding opportunity is not limited to the topics described above. PCORI welcomes all applications that meet Engagement Award Program guidelines.

PCORI National Priorities for Health:

PCORI Strategic Plan:

Populations of Interest:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Nonprofit and for-profit organizations may apply.
- To submit a Letter of Intent or full proposal, or to register the organization in PCORI Online, applicants need a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Applicants can apply for a DUNS number and an EIN, if applicable.
- Applicants must demonstrate the capability to comply with the terms of the standard agreement associated with each PFA.
- Foreign organizations and non-domestic parts of U.S. organizations must show how the project will benefit the US healthcare system and that engagement plans include U.S. patients and stakeholders.

Individuals are not permitted to apply.

For information about projects which this program does not fund:

Pre-Proposal Conference
Applicant office hours will be available in August.

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- Online system opens: July 18, 2023
- Letter of Intent deadline: September 28, 2023, by 5 p.m. (ET)
- Letter of Intent status notification: Within 60 calendar days of the LOI deadline
- Application deadline: By invitation only; full proposals are due January 10, 2024, by 5 p.m. (ET)
- Earliest start date: June 1, 2024

-PCORI will review LOIs within 60 calendar days of the LOI deadline. Only applicants whose LOIs are deemed most responsive to this PFA will be invited to submit a full proposal.
-Applicants for the Area of Interest Consideration of the Full Range of Outcomes Data must email the program to schedule a program fit call prior to submitting an LOI.
-To submit a Letter of Intent or full proposal or to register an organization in PCORI Online, applicants need a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and an Employer Identification Number (EIN).

Full Proposal:
- Full proposal submissions are by invitation only, after review and approval of the LOI, and must be submitted by the stated deadline. Full proposals will be reviewed against the full proposal review criteria. PCORI may ask the applicant for more information after it first reviews their full proposal. PCORI aims to email a final programmatic decision on the full proposal within 90 calendar days of the submission deadline.
- Applicants must submit letters of support from partners, including patients and/or stakeholders, with their full proposal.
- At this time, PCORI recommends that applicants plan for meetings with a virtual component or option when practicable. If an applicant opts for a fully in-person meeting, the Workplan and Budget Justification applicant templates in the full proposal must include a plan for activities and costs related to travel, and other in-person meeting expenses should issues related to COVID-19 or any unanticipated public health emergency interfere with the meeting.

To discuss a project idea with PCORI staff, submit a request for an EA Applicant Virtual Office Hours session:

Organizations may submit multiple funding applications.

All Applicant resources for LOI, Full Proposal, Templates, and other resources are available on the Full Grant Text RFP.

Information for Applicants for the Area of Interest Consideration of the Full Range of Outcomes Data:
Apply for a DUNS Number:
Applying for an EIN:
LOI Question Guides:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Award total costs may not exceed $100,000.

Term of Contract
Start date between June 1, 2024, and November 1, 2024.
Maximum Project Period: One year

Contact Information
Apply online:

Programmatic Inquiries and Program Fit Call Requests:

PCORI provides applicants with both administrative and technical support through its Helpdesk ( PCORI responds to Helpdesk tickets Monday through Friday during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET).

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
1333 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 827-7700 | Fax: (202) 355-9558

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