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Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and Public
Institutions for Projects that Improve Healthcare Decisions

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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

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Deadline Date:

07/12/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, hospitals, healthcare systems, and other public organizations for research support projects that lead to improved healthcare decisions. Interested applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects that disseminate knowledge used by patients, clinicians, and communities in decision-making. Funds will also help develop infrastructure, processes, and tools that lay the groundwork for this information dissemination.

The purpose of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, policy makers, and other healthcare system stakeholders make better-informed health decisions by “advancing the quality and relevance of evidence about how to prevent, diagnose, treat, monitor, and manage diseases, disorders, and other health conditions” and by promoting the dissemination and uptake of this evidence. PCORI helps people make informed healthcare decisions and improves healthcare delivery and outcomes by producing and promoting high-integrity, evidence-based information that comes from research guided by patients and other stakeholders.

The dissemination* of research findings to targeted end users is an important part of promoting the uptake of these findings into policy and practice. This Engagement Award initiative focuses on supporting organizations that are trusted sources for their patient, professional, or other community, to undertake dissemination activities.

*Dissemination is defined as the intentional, active process of identifying target audiences and tailoring communication strategies to increase awareness and understanding of evidence and to motivate its use in practice, policy, or individual choices.  

Award funds are intended to allow organizations and communities to plan for, or actively bring relevant PCORI-funded research findings to end users in ways that will command their attention and interest, encouraging use of this information in their healthcare decision-making. For example, patients may use information to decide on a treatment; community members may use evidence to decide on wellness approaches; clinicians may use research findings to update their recommendations or discussions with patients; or clinic administrators may use evidence to choose among peer-support programs.

The Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative will give organizations and communities the opportunity to propose one of the following two types of projects: 

  1. Building Capacity for Dissemination projects to lay the groundwork for disseminating and implementing PCORI-funded evidence through organizations with strong ties to end-user audiences, such as patients, clinicians, communities, and others who can use this information to inform healthcare decisions. Projects may focus on partnership development and understanding stakeholder interests, strengthening the infrastructure and relationships necessary for active dissemination of PCORI-funded evidence. This may include developing, demonstrating, and evaluating the processes, pathways, or tools necessary to incorporate PCOR/CER results into decision making.
  2. Active Dissemination projects aimed at spreading awareness and increasing knowledge of PCORI-funded evidence, targeted directly to end-user audiences, such as patients, clinicians, communities, and others who can use this information to inform healthcare decisions. Projects will be designed by organizations and communities with established relationships with end users to actively disseminate the findings from PCORI-funded studies—on their own or as part of the body of existing evidence relevant to the PCORI-funded research findings.

For a chart with further information on each of the above funding tracks, see

For strategies and application related information for each of the above 2 tracks, see

For Allowable Costs, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183094

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Award total costs may not exceed $250,000 (Direct + Indirect Costs).

Term of Contract:

The earliest start date is December 1, 2021. The contract start date should be planned for no earlier than December 1, 2021, and no later than May 1, 2022.

The maximum project period is two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by any private-sector organization, including any nonprofit or for-profit organization; any public-sector organization, including any university or college hospital or healthcare system; or any unit of local, state, or federal government. The Internal Revenue Service must recognize all US applicant organizations.

Individuals are not permitted to apply. Nondomestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations may apply, as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the US healthcare system, and US efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be shown clearly.

Efforts must focus on capacity building to, or increasing knowledge and awareness among, a substantial group of targeted end users—not simply creating materials that could be used for this purpose.

These awards are for research support projects. This program does not fund research studies.

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 healthcare systems rather than healthcare research
- Projects to design or test healthcare interventions
- Activities that involve the use of a drug or medical device
- Development of clinical practice guidelines, care protocols, or decision support tools
- Development of coverage, payment, or policy recommendations or guidelines
- Projects related to quality measures, or engagement around quality measures
- 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 not created through a PCORI-funded project
- 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
- Implementation of PCORI findings in a clinical practice setting (PCORI will fund dedicated implementation efforts through the - Limited PCORI Funding Announcement: Implementation of PCORI-Funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results)
- Projects or meetings without a clear focus on patient-centered outcomes research or comparative clinical effectiveness research

For Unallowable Costs, see

Pre-Application Information:

- Online System Opens: February 1, 2021
- Applicant Office Hours: February 17, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm ET
- Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: April 1, 2021, by 5 p.m. (ET)
- LOI Status Notification: Within 60 calendar days of LOI deadline
- Application Deadline: By invitation only; Full proposals are due July 12, 2021, by 5 pm (ET)
- Earliest Project Start Date: December 1, 2021

Application process:
- Step 1: Register
- Step 2: Submit a Letter of Intent online. An LOI is required before completing a full application.
-Step 3: Begin the Application Process. Only applicants invited to submit a full application may begin this step of the process.
- Step 4: Format and Complete Required Application Templates (Application Templates can be found on the URL for Full Text below.)

To submit a Letter of Intent or application, or to register your organization in PCORI Online, you need a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.

Applicants must complete the Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative LOI Supplemental Template and upload the file to PCORI Online at the time of LOI submission.

If invited to submit a full proposal, applicants will be directed to complete a Project Workplan and Timeline template specific to the selected Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative funding track.

Applicants should consider alternative plans for any convening activities within the project, should an in-person meeting not be feasible. Please consult PCORI’s Applicant and Awardee FAQs Related to COVID-19 (found below) to ensure your proposed project adheres to PCORI’s guidance related to applicant pre-award concerns.

PCORI is aware that there is an evolving context around the COVID-19 pandemic. They are committed to working with awardees to adapt projects and processes to the evolving context during this time so that deliverables are implemented fully as per the executed contract.

Organizations may submit multiple funding applications.

Organizations may submit applications for Engagement Awards funding regardless of whether they have either applied for or received previous awards from PCORI.

COVID related FAQs:


Webinar recording:

Engagement Tool and Resource Repository:

For further resources and documents associated with this program, see the URL for Full Text below.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the LOI and Supplemental Template:

For programmatic, administrative, and technical questions, or to schedule a call with program staff, contact:
(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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