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Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, For-Profits,
and Agencies to Promote Patient-Centered Care Research

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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

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Deadline Date:

05/01/20 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit and for-profit organizations, public institutions, and government agencies for research that addresses patient-centered approaches to medicine. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects involving patients, clinicians, caregivers, and other healthcare stakeholders as members of the patient-centered outcomes research/clinical-effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) enterprise. The award offers recipients the opportunity to spread awareness and increase knowledge of new evidence from PCORI-funded research, targeted directly to those who can use this information to inform healthcare decisions.

Through this award, PCORI seeks to fund projects designed by organizations and communities with established relationships with end-users to 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 the purposes of this award, 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 policy, practice, and individual choices.

Strategies proposed for disseminating PCORI results will vary based on the results being disseminated, the groups identified as key users of the information, and the goals of the dissemination effort. Systematic reviews of research on dissemination have outlined a range of dissemination approaches that accomplish these goals. These include strategies to:

  • Increase the reach of evidence. These strategies purposefully distribute evidence to different targeted audiences and settings to increase the reach of information using different communication channels, such as mail, email, phone, text message, TV, radio, print, social media, webinar, and mobile apps.
  • Increase people’s motivation to use and apply evidence. These strategies focus on increasing interest in the evidence among targeted audiences and within targeted settings, using local champions, community leaders or groups, thought leaders or groups, or experts to actively endorse or promote the evidence being disseminated.
  • Increase people’s ability to use and apply evidence. These strategies enhance people’s ability to understand, use, and apply evidence, generally providing additional resources (how-to materials, training, etc.) relevant to the evidence.

These types of strategies may be used together—in combination or in sequence—to increase the reach of evidence and motivate and facilitate its use. Successful applicants will draw upon these approaches, as well as on their own experience and creativity, in proposing dissemination strategies most likely to be successful with their target audience. Equal consideration will be given to novel approaches—such as contests and challenges promoting awareness—if relevant for a particular target audience and accompanied by a sound rationale.

For information about submitting a successful application, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183094

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Award total costs may not exceed $250,000.

Term of Contract:

The earliest start date is December 1, 2020. The maximum project period is two 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.

Organizations may submit multiple funding applications. 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.

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 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
-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

Pre-proposal Conference:

An Engagement Award LOI Town Hall webinar will take place on May 1, 2020, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm EST.

This webinar will provide an overview of PCORI, the PCORI Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards Program, and updates to the Engagement Award funding announcements. It will also provide information applicants may need to submit a responsive Letter of Inquiry (LOI).

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Pre-Application Information:

The online application system opens on February 14, 2020. The Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline is May 1, 2020 by 5 p.m. (ET). Full proposals are accepted by invitation only, and are due 40 days after review and approval of the LOI. PCORI aims to provide a final decision on the full proposal, via email, within 90 calendar days of receipt.

Key Dates:
- Town Hall: February 13, 2020, 11:30 am (ET)
- Online System Opens: February 14, 2020
- LOI Deadline: May 1, 2020, by 5 pm (ET)
- LOI Status Notification: Within 45 calendar days of LOI deadline
- Application Deadline: 40 calendar days after invitation
- Earliest Project Start Date: November 1, 2020

Applicants must have a DUNS number to apply.

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

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For questions, 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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