The purpose of the Pipeline to Proposals Initiative is to cultivate the development of proposals with sound scientific rigor and robust patient engagement. PCORI expects the Pipeline to Proposals project will help individuals form new collaborations that can produce meaningful research proposals. The emphasis in all three funding tiers is to actively integrate patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as members of the patient-centered outcomes research/comparative effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) process. Applicants can be an individual or group of patients, stakeholders, or researchers focused on a particular health issue that can lead to a patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER) project.
For Tier I, the specific CER question does not need to be specified at the point of applying for Tier I – Pre-Engagement/Community Projects: Up to $15,000 for up to Nine-Month Project Term.
- Tier I awards fund the building of a partnership and expansion of skills necessary to develop a patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER) project. The Tier I phase will generate a list of CER ideas that address the health issue of interest to those in the partnership.
- Individuals or groups can receive this funding—no university, researcher, or incorporated entity is required in order to apply.
- PCORI encourages those who are not usual candidates for research funding to apply for Tier I. This program is intended to support those individuals and groups with critically important ideas who may not have other opportunities for funding. In order to qualify for Tier I funding, you must have demonstrated success in a past community-building project. The demonstrated success doesn’t have to have been health-related. You need to explain how you engaged the community and formed partnerships to achieve your goal.
- Tier I awards are not research awards; the purpose of this funding is to build capacity and engage individual patients, stakeholders, researchers, and others who care about a particular health topic that can lead to a CER question—even if that question cannot yet be articulated.
- Building relationships and forming collaborative partnerships among patients, caregivers, researchers, and other stakeholders are critical components for Tier I awardees.
Pipeline to Proposal Awards are for capacity building, community engagement, formation of partnerships, and other preparations to lay the groundwork for a later research proposal. The activities taking place might include workshops, roundtables, conferences, meetings, and other information-sharing tasks.
Activities should NOT include:
- Conducting a small research study
- Conducting a pilot study
- Conducting a formal evaluation of a program, tool or intervention
- Validating a program, tool or intervention
- Gathering pilot data
- Activities requiring IRB approval or the informed consent of participants
Many applicants have been denied funding because they proposed to carry out activities that do not fit within the parameters of the Pipeline to Proposal program.
Examples of the types of activities that are NOT fundable through the Pipeline to Proposals are:
- Implementation or measurement of care delivery interventions
- Pilot projects
- Product or app development or improvement
- Recruitment for clinical trials
- Raising awareness for a given disease or health issue
- Standalone conferences or training activities that are not related to a broader effort to form a partnership and later build a PCOR proposal
While Pipeline to Proposal Awards do not fund research, successful awardees should ensure that their area of focus—the idea that they will eventually build a PCOR proposal around—does not fall outside of PCORI’s research funding programs.
- Cost effectiveness
- Efficacy (Studies that ask “Does this work?” rather than “Which of these options works better?”)
- Causes of disease or descriptive studies
- Social determinants of health
- Development of clinical practice guidelines
|The application acceptance period for Pipeline to Proposal Awards Tier I Cycle 3 is now closed.|
- Program Fit - Does this fit the spirit of the Pipeline to Proposal Awards?
- Project Plan and Timeline
- Past Partnership or Community Engagement Experience
- Budget/Cost Proposal
Letters of Inquiry were screened for responsiveness to the call for applications and fit to program goals. Only those selected were permitted to submit full applications, and they were notified via Submittable.