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What to include in the application

Can I change information from the LOI stage to the application stage? 

Yes. However, you are invited to submit an application based on the information provided in the LOI. Any changes to the following require PCORI's written approval before submission:

  • PI
  • Institution
  • Implementation approach
  • Specific aims
  • SDM approach

If you need to change any of this information or have any questions, email pfa@pcori.org. Due to the volume of requests PCORI receives, applicants should submit the request early. 

PCORI provides templates for certain portions of the application. Do I have to use these templates or may I create my own?

PCORI requires applicants to use the templates provided for the current funding cycle. Templates are available in the Funding Center. Please use the templates for the specific PFA and cycle to which you are applying because they might vary from PFA to PFA and cycle to cycle. Additional information can be found in the Submission Instructions (formerly known as Application Guidelines).

Do I need to use the PCORI D&I Framework to guide my Project Plan?

No. Applicants are required to propose a Project Plan and associated evaluation strategy that is informed and guided by an established conceptual model or framework, but PCORI does not prescribe which model or framework should be used. There are many D&I models and frameworks that have been established in the literature.

You might find the following resources helpful as you decide upon an appropriate evaluation framework to use in your proposed project:

What are the page-formatting requirements that I should follow when submitting an application? See the Submission Instructions (formerly known as Application Guidelines) and PCORI templates for instructions including formatting, file upload type, and page or length restrictions.

 

What can an applicant remove from the PCORI templates? 

You may delete instructional text boxes, but you must keep each section header. 

What should be included for milestones in the Milestones tab?

Milestones are concrete, specific documented activities or accomplishments as well as deliverables due throughout the project. Milestones should be associate with the proposed project timeline and reflect all essential/important activities that you will undertake to accomplish your specific project goals. For examples of project milestones, please see the Submission Instructions for the current PFA.

What is required in the Project/Performance Site(s) and Resources sections of the People and Places Template?

The Project/Performance Site(s) section should contain a list of addresses for all of the places where you will conduct the work described in the Project Plan. This list must include the organizational name, full physical address, city, county, state, Zip code, and congressional district. List the primary implementation site first and follow with the others as needed. Demonstrate that the proposed facilities have the appropriate resources required to conduct the project as planned, within budget, on time, and successfully. 

What is required in the Project Personnel and Environment portion of the Project Strategy section of the Project Plan Template?

Describe how your team members contribute to the probability of success because of their skills, expertise, connections, etc. This should not duplicate biosketch information. Use this section to describe how this group of individuals will succeed as a team. 

What information should be included in the Professional Profile/Biosketch?

Professional Profiles/Biosketches (limit five pages each) must include the person’s name, title, degrees, and the following information, where relevant:

  • Personal statement
  • Education and training
  • Employment and positions held
  • Honors
  • Selected peer-reviewed publications and other publications
  • Public speaking or presentations
  • Research support

Who needs to have a Professional Profile/Biosketch?

Any individual contributing to the project in any substantive way is expected to have a complete Professional Profile/Biosketch. Patients and stakeholders should also have one. PCORI recognizes that not all sections of a Professional Profile/Biosketch will be applicable to patient and stakeholder members of the research team; therefore, applicants are encouraged to fill out the Patient/Partner Biosketch instead. 

Are biosketches required for patient and other stakeholder partners?

Biosketches are required for all key personnel, whether they are researchers, patients, or other stakeholders. Patient partners have a wealth of experience and wisdom, and we would like them to have an opportunity to provide that background, just as researchers or other stakeholders do. Please use the PCORI template developed specifically for patient and stakeholder partners. 

If a project team member has an NIH biosketch, can he or she use this as his or her PCORI Professional Profile?

Yes, you may use a current NIH biosketch as a professional profile instead of the PCORI Professional Profile, but it must not exceed five pages. 

 

Who should write the Letters of Support and to whom should they be addressed?

Each person listed as key personnel should write a Letter of Support. Any group or individual willing to speak for or recommend the implementation project is also encouraged to complete a letter. Letters of Support should be addressed to the PI, consolidated into a single PDF, and uploaded into PCORI Online.

A Letter of Support is also required from the PI of the original PCORI-funded research project if he or she is not the proposed PI of the current application.

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