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Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and IHE Hospitals to Improve Research Capacity and Healthcare Outcomes

Engagement Award: Capacity Building


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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 04/03/23
Deadline: 07/10/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, agencies, and university hospitals and healthcare systems to promote healthcare outcomes and clinical effectiveness research. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to applying. Funding is intended to support 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. This program provides funding for research support rather than for research studies.

The Engagement Award program supports PCORI’s Engagement Imperative—defined in the Strategic Plan—and provides a platform to increase engagement in research, that is, the meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders throughout the research process. Projects selected for an Engagement Award are expected to result in tools and resources that may be useful to other awardees for increasing patient and/or other stakeholder engagement in PCOR/CER, PCORI, and the broader PCOR community. PCORI is committed to using and widely sharing this information. 

There are two special areas of interest: (1) intellectual and developmental disabilities and (2) maternal morbidity and mortality.

Funding Priorities:

This funding announcement offers an opportunity for organizations and community groups to build capacity and skills for patient-centered outcomes research and comparative clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER). PCORI is receptive to applications to the Engagement Award: Capacity Building encompassing a wide range of research support project topics.

In the context of the Engagement Awards program, capacity building to support research refers to the following types of projects:

  • Projects that support organizations with strong ties to patients, caregivers, clinicians, and/or other stakeholders who have a connection to, expertise in, or lived experience related to the focus area to equip them to engage as partners in PCOR/CER. These projects will focus on building the knowledge, competencies, and abilities of their community to be meaningful partners with researchers throughout the research process from topic selection through design and conduct of research to dissemination or implementation of results.
  • Projects that strengthen the skills of researchers to be better partners with patients and other stakeholders involved in PCOR/CER.
  • Projects that support the adoption or expansion of existing engagement tools and resources whenever possible, rather than develop new products and tools. Projects may implement available tools, processes, or programs, alone or in combination, in a new population or geographic area—for example, a new network of clinicians, patient advocates, and academic researchers.

More about the types of projects can be found at

More about the special areas of interest can be found at


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications may be submitted by nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

United States-based applicants must have a Federal Employer Identification Number as assigned by the Internal Revenue Service.

Applicants must demonstrate capability to comply with the terms of the standard agreement associated with each PFA. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to review the standard agreement prior to application. Standard agreements are available with each PFA through the PCORI Funding Center

Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Foreign Organizations and Nondomestic Components of U.S. Organizations must provide a thorough and thoughtful justification for the project’s ability to benefit the US healthcare system and that engagement plans include US patients and stakeholders, and are relevant to US healthcare system.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Applicant Office Hours Session 1: Monday, February 13, 2023, 2:00-2:30 pm (ET)

Applicant Office Hours Session 2: Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 11:00-11:30 am (ET)

Applicant Office Hours Session 3: Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 3:00-3:30 pm (ET)

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- Online System Opens: January 18, 2023
- LOI Deadline: April 3, 2023 by 5 pm (ET)
- LOI Status Notification: Within 60 calendar days of LOI deadline
- Full Proposal Deadline: By invitation only; Full proposals are due July 10, 2023 by 5 pm (ET)
- Earliest Project Start Date: December 1, 2023

Letters of Intent (LOI) must be submitted by the stated deadline. LOIs will be screened for responsiveness to the call for applications and fit to program goals. PCORI will review LOIs within 60 calendar days of submission.

Full proposal submissions are by invitation only, after review and approval of the LOI, and must be submitted by the stated deadline. PCORI may request additional information from the applicant after the initial review of the full proposal. PCORI aims to provide a final programmatic approval decision on the full proposal, via email, within 90 calendar days of the submission deadline. If the full proposal is programmatically approved, a PCORI staff member will coordinate arrangements to begin budgetary review and contracting negotiations. Typically, contract negotiations take about six-to-eight weeks.

To select high-quality patient-centered projects, PCORI’s Engagement and Contract Management and Administration teams, and internal and external subject-matter experts (as necessary) will review all LOIs and full proposals.

Pre-recorded applicant webinar:

Applicant FAQs:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Award total costs may not exceed $250,000. The maximum budget includes all direct and indirect costs.

Term of Contract
Maximum Project Period: two years

For the April 2023 Engagement Award funding cycle, the contract start date should be planned for no earlier than December 1, 2023, and no later than May 1, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Programmatic Inquiries: or phone (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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