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Engagement Awards - 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)

Deadline Date:

05/31/19 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International research organizations and government agencies to promote patient-centered healthcare outcomes research and clinical effectiveness research. Funding is intended to provide research support rather than grants for specific research, and may be awarded to nonprofit, for-profit, private-sector, or public-sector research organizations.

Engagement Award: Capacity Building projects to build a community of individuals and organizations better able to participate in PCOR/CER, and/or develop infrastructure and partnerships to disseminate PCORI-funded research results.

The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards are for research support rather than a research funding opportunity. 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 patient-centered outcomes research/clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) enterprise. PCORI expects projects selected for an Engagement Award to result in tools and resources that may be useful to other awardees for increasing patient and/or other stakeholder engagement in PCOR and CER, PCORI, and the broader PCOR community. The information and tools generated by Engagement Award projects must be generalizable; they must be of interest or use not just to the applicant organizations but to others doing related work. The tools and information will be made public so they can have a broader impact. PCORI is committed to using and broadly sharing this information.

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

- Projects to 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. These projects may also fund activity to strengthen the skills of researchers to be better partners to patients and other stakeholders involved in PCOR/CER.

- Projects to 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.

Applicants are encouraged to use or adapt available resources whenever possible, rather than develop new products and tools.

Allowable costs (i.e., 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
- Supplies
- Subcontracts
- Expenses related to conducting engagement activities with patients and other stakeholders
- Other direct project expenses
- Indirect costs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180287

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Award total costs may not exceed $250,000.

Term of Contract:

The project start date should be no sooner than 90 days from LOI submission deadline.

The maximum project period is 2 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.

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
- Conferences that are scheduled to occur less than 6 months from the application due date
- Projects or meetings without a clear focus on patient-centered outcomes research, or comparative clinical effectiveness research

Individuals are not permitted to apply.

Commonly disallowed costs:

- Data plans (tablets and other mobile devices)
- Docking stations
- Double monitors
- Electronics and protection Plans
- Office furniture
- Replacement of items purchases on an existing PCORI award

Unallowable costs:

- Advertising
- Excessive airfare
- Alcoholic beverages
- Alumni activities
- Bad debts and losses
- Donations
- Fundraising
- Personal expenses
- Student housing and stipends
- Idle facilities
- Interest of bad debts
- Entertainment
- Losses on other grants
- Memberships
- Lobbying
- Rent

Pre-Application Information:

The Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline is May 31, 2019 by 5 p.m. (ET). Full proposals are due 40 days after review and approval of the LOI.

PCORI Engagement Awards - Capacity Building grants follow a two-part submission process. A Letter of Intent must be submitted and an organization must be invited to submit a full application.

- Letter of Inquiry: Applicants must submit an LOI by the application deadline. LOIs will be reviewed within 40 days of LOI deadline.
- Full Application: A full application should be submitted within 40 days of receiving the invitation. Full applications will be reviewed within 40 days of submission.
Note: Deadlines are 5 pm ET on the due date.

Organizations may submit multiple applications for funding to the same funding annoucement.

Letters of Inquiry (LOI) should be submitted by the application deadlines. Full proposal submissions are by invitation only, after review and approval of the LOI. Only those selected will be permitted to submit full applications. LOIs will be reviewed within 40 days of submission. A full proposal, submitted upon invitation, should be submitted within 40 days of receiving the invitation. Full proposals will be reviewed within 40 days of submission. If the full proposal is awarded, a PCORI staff member will coordinate arrangements to begin contracting negotiations. Typically contracts negotiations take about six weeks.

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.

Applicant Training Materials:

Who Can Apply:

Review Process:

To view the Applicants Webinar from April 2018:

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:

(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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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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.