The healthcare research process traditionally includes only scientists and other research-related professionals. PCORI believes that engagement of nontraditional stakeholders—from topic selection through design and conduct of research to dissemination of results—can influence research to be more patient centered, useful, and trustworthy, and ultimately lead to greater use of research results by patients and the broader healthcare community.
The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award program, named in honor of the first chair of PCORI’s Board of Governors, is intended to bring more patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders into the research process. The goal is to support projects that will build a community better able to participate in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER), as well as serve as channels to disseminate study results. This is central to our mission to fund useful CER that will help patients and those who care for them make better-informed healthcare decisions.
The Engagement Award program supports PCORI’s Engagement Imperative—defined in our 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.
Apply for an Engagement Award
The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award program is now accepting applications for two special project funding announcements
- Engagement Award: Accelerating the Adoption of Tools and Resources provides support for projects that give organizations and community groups the opportunity to scale up or adopt meaningful engagement tools and processes with more communities, stakeholders and patients with the intent to further build capacity/skills for PCOR/CER.
- Engagement Award: Community Convening Around Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) provides funding to organizations and community groups to hold multistakeholder convenings that include patients, researchers, clinicians, purchasers, payers, health system leaders, and other stakeholders. These convenings will have a focus on, and commitment to, supporting collaboration around patient-centered outcomes research and clinical comparative effectiveness research (PCOR/CER).
We expect that projects selected for an Engagement Award will further PCORI’s goals of promoting the relevance of research to target audiences and the uptake of research results by end-users. We are committed to using and sharing successful approaches.
If you are considering applying for an Engagement Award, please be sure to review the awards we have already made to avoid submitting a proposal duplicative of work we are already funding.
Previously, we accepted applications for the following three types of engagement projects. View them at the links below or in the "Closed" section of Funding Opportunities, here.
Engagement Award: Capacity Building provide support for projects that aim to build a community of individuals and organizations better able to participate in PCOR/CER, and/or develop infrastructure and partnerships to disseminate PCORI-funded research results.
- These projects may focus on building the knowledge, competencies, and abilities of patients and other stakeholders to be meaningful partners in research from topic selection, through design and conduct of research, and the dissemination or implementation of results.
- These projects could be used by organizations or communities to develop, demonstrate, and evaluate the processes/pathways/mechanisms necessary to incorporate PCOR/CER results into decision-making settings.
Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative provide support for organizations and communities to actively disseminate PCORI-funded research findings – on their own or as part of the body of existing evidence relevant to the PCORI-funded research findings. These projects will aim to spread awareness and increase knowledge of evidence from PCORI-funded research, targeted directly to patients, clinicians, and others who can use this information to inform their healthcare decisions.
Engagement Award: Conference Support provides support for conferences, workshops, and other organized and formal meetings where individuals gather to explore issues related to PCOR/CER, or communicate PCORI-funded research results to targeted end-user audiences.
For questions about Engagement Award application processes, the online application system, application deadlines, potential fit of a project idea, or related issues, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 370-9312. We will respond within three business days.
Posted: October 15, 2013; Updated: September 16, 2019