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MERIT REVIEW PROCESS

Will the applications for D&I have to go through Merit Review?
Yes. PCORI conducts rigorous merit review of the full applications it receives. Note that applications may be eliminated from the review process for administrative reasons (e.g., nonresponsiveness). An application may be administratively withdrawn if it is incomplete, is submitted past the stated due date and time, or does not meet the formatting criteria outlined in the Application Guidelines, in the PCORI templates, and in PCORI Online.

Who is involved in the merit review process?
As part of “research done differently,” PCORI includes patients, caregivers, and other healthcare stakeholders in reviewing funding applications. In merit review panels, each reviewer’s score weighs equally to ensure that patients’ and other stakeholders’ perspectives are heard. See Review Funding Applications for more information.

Do patients and stakeholders participate in the review process?
Yes. The D&I merit review process includes patient, stakeholder, and scientific reviewers.

Who approves D&I awards for funding?
After the in-person meeting, PCORI program staff evaluate final merit review panel scores and comments, identify duplication or synergy among funded projects, and consider the fit of applications within the programmatic vision. Program staff members then recommend projects to the Office of the Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer for funding approval. The D&I program, including funded projects portfolio, is governed by the Engagement, Dissemination, and Implementation Committee, which is a subcommittee of PCORI’s Board of Governors. Projects requesting budgets exceeding $350,000 may be subject to additional review and approval.

Who should I address my questions to?
Send all technical questions related to PCORI Online to pfa@pcori.org. Send all questions related programmatic fit to disseminationquestions@pcori.org.

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