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Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and IHE Hospitals for Projects to Improve Healthcare Decisions

Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative


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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, government agencies, and IHE hospitals and healthcare systems for research support projects that lead to improved healthcare decisions. 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.

Funding Priorities:

The dissemination of research findings to targeted end users is an important part of promoting the uptake of these findings into policy and practice. In many cases, the role of a “trusted source” in raising awareness of new evidence or placing it in an appropriate context is critical to enabling the uptake of this evidence into practice. This Engagement Award initiative focuses on supporting organizations that are trusted sources for their patient, professional, or other community, to undertake dissemination activities.

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.

Dissemination projects should target end users directly, although the focus of the dissemination activity may be on an intermediary. For example, training of providers who will communicate information to patients is within the scope of a dissemination activity.

Applicants for an Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative will be required to focus their project on one of two tracks—Building Capacity for Dissemination or Active Dissemination—and will self-select the focus at the time of LOI submission.

More about the Funding Tracks can be found starting 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.

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.

Individuals are not permitted to apply.

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
- Letter of Intent 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.

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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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