Launching the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards Program
Launching the Eugene
Washington PCORI Engagement
Providing wrap-‐around support for PCORI science and research
February 13, 2014
Anne C. Beal, MD, MPH
Deputy Executive Director
Chief Officer for Engagement
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Orlando Gonzales, MPA
Chief of Staff for Engagement
Alicia Thomas, MHS
Special Advisor for Engagement
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1. Welcome and Introduction
PCORI organizational background/overview
Role of engagement in enhancing research
Overview of the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement
2. Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards
Description of three award areas
Application and selection process
3. Question and Answer Session
PCORI will answer questions received by email and
through the live webinar
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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
An independent non-profit funder of clinical
comparative effectiveness research.
Authorized by Congress as part of the 2010 Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Role of Engagement in Research
Including patients and other healthcare
stakeholders (e.g., caregivers, clinicians/providers,
industry, payers/purchasers, and researchers)
throughout the research process helps ensure that
Focused on real-world questions that matter
to patients and other clinical care decision
Transparent, so that results can be trusted.
Shared in ways that results are meaningful
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so patients, caregivers, clinicians/providers, industry, payers/purchasers,
researchers, and other stakeholders have CER information they can use to make
decisions that reflect their desired health outcomes and to speed implementation of
Our Engagement Goals
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to successfully establish an infrastructure for patients, caregivers, clinicians/providers,
industry, payers/purchasers, researchers, and other stakeholders to increase
comparative effectiveness research (CER) information and engage them in research,
dissemination and evaluation
to influence research and establish trust and legitimacy for successful uptake
of research findings
Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement
Support the more active integration of patient,
stakeholder (e.g., caregivers, clinicians/providers,
industry, payers/purchasers), and research
communities in the research process.
provide - the
Organized into three areas of funding opportunities:
Knowledge Awards, Training and Development
Awards, and Dissemination and Implementation
Open for business starting today, Thursday, February
13, 2014. Apply online!
Dr. Eugene Washington
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$15.5 million total budget for
Focus on training and
development in 2014
Pilots are in development for
each award category
Each award is for up to
$250,000 and for a term for
up to 2 years
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PCORI Engagement Awards Program
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To build knowledge around how consumers of healthcare information
receive and make use of PCOR/CER findings.
Understand how patients and caregivers access healthcare
information to make decisions, and where they get their information.
Determine what research findings would be most valuable to our key
priority populations and stakeholder groups.
Understand the overall demand for and attitudes toward PCOR/CER.
Goal: Develop PCOR community
Budget: $5 million
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Knowledge Awards Pilot Project:
National Academy for State Health Policy
Awardee: National Academy for State Health Policy
A non-profit and non-partisan organization, NASHP provides a forum for
constructive work across branches and agencies of state government on
critical health issues
Project title: PCOR/CER Roadmap for State Policymakers
Engage leaders of key state policymaker constituencies (e.g. state
legislators, Medicaid directors, state employee health benefits
administrators) in discussions of PCOR/CER
Provide state policymakers a guide to understanding and use of PCOR/CER
Uncover gaps in knowledge and PCOR/CER needs from state policymakers
Status: in progress
Start date: August 15, 2013
End date: May 14, 2014 (with three month PCORI option to extend)
Award amount: $291,272
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Training and Development
others from the patient and stakeholder community to increase their
capacity for engaging in PCOR/CER.
Build readiness and capacity for individuals and organizations that are
new to research so that they are able to engage as partners and
consumers of PCOR/CER.
Identify learning objectives and competencies for PCOR/CER to build
into curricula to educate clinicians, researchers, patients, and other
stakeholders across the education continuum.
Goal: Engage the community in research
Budget: $8 million
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Up to $15,000
Up to 9 month term
Up to $25,000
Up to 12 month
Up to $50,000
Up to 12 month
Researchers who unsuccessfully
submitted a PFA and need to
Training and Development Awards Pilot Projects:
Pipeline to Proposal Awards
Or submissions to
Tier I Pre-Engagement/Community Projects
Purpose of Funding - Building of the community and capacity necessary to later
develop a patient-centered comparative effectiveness research(CER) project
addressing the issue of interest to the awardee.
Tier II Partnership and Infrastructure Development Projects
Purpose of Funding - Maturation of research partnerships with the goal of receiving
PCORI or other CER project funding. The funds are to be used to strengthen the
partnerships and further develop the infrastructure and governance structures laid out
during Tier I and to lay groundwork for the ultimate drafting of a patient-centered CER
Tier III - Proposal Development Projects
Purpose of Funding - Proposal development, targeting advanced potential research
awardee partners to draft a strong patient engagement plan and a rigorous science
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Dissemination and Implementation
To strengthen the groundwork for disseminating and implementing the
findings of PCORI-funded research projects in practice.
Cultivate and analyze existing evidence on promising practices in
dissemination and implementation infrastructure for patient, caregiver,
and other stakeholder communities.
Develop dissemination collaborations (e.g., multi-stakeholder learning
networks), to share knowledge on common topics of interest for uptake
in health services quality/improvement and clinician networks.
Goal: Promote dissemination and implementation
Budget: $2 million
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Who Can Apply?
Applications may be submitted by:
Any private and or public sector organization, including:
Any private and or public research organization, including:
Universities or colleges, hospitals or healthcare systems,
laboratories or manufacturers, and units of local, state, and federal
All US applicant organizations recognized by the Internal Revenue
Service and must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN).
Foreign organizations may apply. But the application should clearly
demonstrate the benefits to US healthcare system, US residents,
and US patient-centered outcomes research.
Organizations may submit multiple applications for funding.
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What We Do Not Fund
PCORI does not accept applications for:
Any individual, including support for:
Scholarships, fellowships, dissertations, theses, or other
academic preparation costs
Participation in conferences and other meetings
Domestic or international travel costs for research projects or
other program/study participation
Alternative funding for PCOR/CER-focused studies.
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How to Apply
Step 1: Register online at the PCORI Engagement Awards Online
Application System (pcori.force.com/engagement/login).
Step 2: Submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Await notice denying or inviting
applicants to submit a full application.
Step 3: Complete the full application through the online system, following
(Please note that the PCORI Engagement Awards program utilizes a
different online system than the PCORI Research program.)
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PCORI Engagement Awards Application
Criterion Description Weight
How well does the application demonstrate program fit or how well does the
Project Plan and
concerns that the applicant has not provided a reasonable amount of time or
should consider lessening the amount of time dedicated to some of the
activities in the project plan?
the Project Lead
Do the qualifications of the project lead align with the scope of the project? 20%
Are there adequate and qualified personnel to conduct the project? Are
collaborations meaningful and appropriate based on aligning the expertise and
scope of work of each member of the team and the collaborators involved? Is
there adequate amount of human resources involved? Are there any concerns
about the ability the collaborators to work together?
Has the applicant demonstrated sufficient past performance for related
Proposal cost designations?
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PCORI Engagement Awards Review
Submission Deadline Review and Decision
Letter of Inquiry
Rolling Within 45 days of submission
Within 60 days of receiving
invitation to submit full
Within 45 days of submission
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Questions and Answers
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Submit your questions by email to
email@example.com or through the webinar chat
window on the right side of your screen.
Please provide your feedback on this webinar:
Learn more about the Eugene Washington PCORI
Engagement Awards online:
Contact PCORI with questions about the awards program:
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