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Who is eligible to apply for the Implementation of Effective Shared Decision Making Approaches in Practice Settings funding announcement?

Project Focus: This PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA) is intended to further the implementationand uptake of evidence from PCORI-funded research. To be eligible for this PFA, applicants may do one of the following:

  1. Propose to implement a shared decision-making (SDM) strategy that was formally tested and demonstrated to be effective in the context of a PCORI research award, or
  2. Propose an implementation project that will incorporate new PCORI comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) evidence into an existing and tested SDM strategy, and then implement the updated strategy in a practice setting. PCORI strongly encourages applicants to include individuals with sufficient expertise in SDM and implementation on their proposed project teams.

Applicants who are proposing to implement an SDM strategy that was formally tested and demonstrated to be effective in the context of a PCORI research award MUST be the Principal Investigator (PI) of the original PCORI funded research project, or be a member of the original PCORI-funded research project team.

When will applicants be eligible to apply for SDM funding?

Applicants must propose to implement PCORI results that are available at the time of the application due date. Specifically, (1) a draft final research report (DFRR) pertaining to the original PCORI research award must have been accepted for entry into the peer review process by PCORI; or (2) a manuscript reporting the PCORI results being proposed for implementation must have been formally accepted for publication by a peer-reviewed scientific journal before the application due date for this announcement. 

Applicants may submit the mandatory LOI before PCORI has accepted the DFRR for peer review, and before a scientific journal has accepted a manuscript. 

Applicants relying on submission of the DFRR to meet the above requirement should be aware that PCORI will administratively withdraw applications that are submitted prior to PCORI’s acceptance of the DFRR for entry into the peer review process. Note that it typically takes six to eight weeks for processing, revision, and acceptance of high quality DFRRs to enter into PCORI’s peer review process; applicants should plan accordingly.

Applicants relying on publication of a peer-reviewed manuscript must be able to document formal acceptance for publication of the manuscript before the application deadline, or PCORI will administratively withdraw the application.

Can I submit an LOI to the Cycle 2 2018 Limited PCORI Funding Announcement: Implementation of PCORI-Funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results and the Cycle 2 2018 Implementation of Effective Shared Decision Making Approaches in Practice Settings PFAs?

Applicants may not submit LOIs for a single project concept to both PFAs. Projects with identical or similar aims and proposed implementation approaches will be considered duplicative.

  • Applicants who submit an LOI to the Cycle 2 2018 Limited Funding Announcement: Implementation of PCORI-Funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results and are invited to submit a full application are eligible to submit to the Cycle 2 2018 Implementation of Effective Shared Decision Making Approaches in Practice Settings PFA under two circumstances:
    1. If the applicant wishes to propose the same project concept to the Cycle 2 2018 Implementation of Effective Shared Decision Making Approaches in Practice Settings PFA that was approved for the Cycle 2 2018 Limited Funding Announcement: Implementation of PCORI-Funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results PFA, the applicant may withdraw their Cycle 2 2018 Limited Funding Announcement: Implementation of PCORI-Funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results LOI before the LOI due date for the Cycle 2 2018 Implementation of Effective Shared Decision Making Approaches in Practice Settings
    2. If the applicant wishes to propose a distinct project concept to the Cycle 2 2018 Implementation of Effective Shared Decision Making Approaches in Practice Settings PFA, the applicant will be asked to provide a strong explanation and justification at the LOI stage as to how the projects are sufficiently distinct. If PCORI deems the projects overly redundant, the Cycle 2 2018 Implementation of Effective Shared Decision Making Approaches in Practice Settings LOI will be administratively withdrawn. If this occurs, the Cycle 2 2018 Limited Funding Announcement: Implementation of PCORI-Funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results PFA application will remain under review.
  • Applicants who submit an LOI to the Cycle 2 2018 Limited Funding Announcement: Implementation of PCORI-Funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results PFA and are not invited to submit a full application are eligible to submit an LOI in response to the Cycle 2 2018 Implementation of Effective Shared Decision Making Approaches in Practice Settings PFA.

Does the PI of the original PCORI research study have to be the PI of the implementation project?

If the applicant is implementing an SDM strategy that was formally tested and demonstrated to be effective in the context of a PCORI research award, then they must be the PI of the original PCORI research study (or a member of the original PCORI research study team). If the applicant is proposing an implementation project that will incorporate new PCORI comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) evidence into an existing and tested SDM strategy, and then implement the updated strategy in a practice setting, then they do not have to be the original PCORI research study PI (or member of the study team).

Are foreign organizations eligible for funding?

Yes. Foreign organizations and nondomestic components of organizations based in the U.S. may apply. However, their applications should clearly demonstrate the benefits of their research to the U.S. healthcare system and U.S. patient-centered research. 

Do you have to be partnered with an academic institution to apply?

Individuals may not apply; however, any private-sector research organization, including nonprofit and for-profit organizations; any public-sector research organizations, universities, colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and healthcare systems; and units of state, local, and federal governments may submit an application to PCORI. All U.S. applicant organizations must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Foreign organizations and nondomestic components of organizations based in the U.S. may also apply, and their application should clearly demonstrate the benefits of their research to the U.S. healthcare system and U.S. patient-centered research.

Are there minimum qualifications for a PI and the study team?

PCORI does not have minimum qualifications for the PI. However, please keep the following factors in mind when determining whether your project team has the right experience and capabilities:

  • Are the investigators appropriately trained and suited to carry out the planned implementation project?
  • Is the work proposed appropriate to the PI’s experience level?
  • If the PI does not have patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) or implementation experience, are there appropriate collaborative arrangements with experts in PCOR or implementation?
  • Does the project team include individuals with sufficient expertise in SDM, implementation science, and other relevant areas?
  • Does the study team have complementary and integrated expertise?
  • Are the team’s leadership approach, governance, and organizational structure appropriate for the project?

Can I submit an application to implement results that are not from a PCORI-funded award?

This PFA is intended to further the implement and uptake of evidence from PCORI-funded research. To be eligible for this PFA, applicants may do one of the following:

  1. Propose to implement an SDM strategy that was formally tested and demonstrated to be effective in the context of a PCORI research award, or
  2. Propose an implementation project that will incorporate new PCORI CER evidence into an existing and tested SDM strategy, and then implement the updated strategy in a practice setting. PCORI strongly encourages applicants to include individuals with sufficient expertise in SDM and implementation on their proposed project teams.

Is there a list of PCORI-funded research projects that have submitted their DFRRs to PCORI?

Yes, non-PCORI awardees can propose an implementation project that will incorporate new PCORI clinical comparative effectiveness research (CER) evidence into an existing and tested SDM strategy, and then implement the update strategy in a practice setting. Non-PCORI awardees interested in implementing the findings of PCORI awardees whose DFRRs have been accepted for entry into the peer review process can find a full list of eligible projects here. PCORI will update this list on a regular basis. 

Where can I find a list of peer-reviewed publications pertaining to PCORI research results?

PCORI maintains a list of peer-reviewed publications associated with PCORI’s funded research projects, which can be found here (scroll down and click on the green “View the List” button). Note that this list contains all peer-reviewed publications from PCORI awardees, including papers on study protocols, patient engagement strategies, and results from formative aims. To meet this PFA’s eligibility criteria, the peer-reviewed publication must present the findings of the PCORI study. You can filter the list by selecting “CER Results” in the “Article Type” column.

If you find a peer-reviewed manuscript that is not on this list and which you believe meets our criteria, please contact disseminationquestions@pcori.org with information about the publication, and program staff will determine whether it meets the requirements for this PFA.

Can I submit an application in collaboration with another PI at another institution?

PCORI welcomes collaborative applications that involve two or more PCORI-funded PI’s partnering to implement the collective results of two or more PCORI-funded research studies that address a single or closely related condition, population, decision dilemma, or evidence gap. Collaborative projects must have demonstrated support from the PI of each PCORI study whose findings are being implemented in the collaborative D&I project.

Does submitting a collaborative application disqualify me from submitting an application on my own? Participation in a collaborative project does not preclude individual investigators from submitting a separate, individual SDM Implementation application through this mechanism. However, PIs will be expected to provide a strong justification that their individual SDM Implementation projects are not duplicative of activities proposed in the collaborative implementation project.

If I submit an LOI and fail to submit an application, will I be penalized or prevented from applying in a future funding cycle?

Applicants who submit an LOI but do not submit a corresponding application to the same funding cycle will not be penalized or prevented from submitting an LOI and application during a future funding cycle. Applicants will need to resubmit their LOI to the next cycle for which they wish to be considered for funding, along with a full application.

What is the resubmission policy for the SDM PFA? 

PCORI gives applicants one opportunity to resubmit an application that completed the merit review process (i.e., the applicant received a summary statement) in a previous cycle but was not funded. Applicants may not resubmit an application for a previously submitted and reviewed application until they have received merit review feedback (summary statement) for the initial submission. All resubmitted applications require submission of a new LOI that is administratively and programmatically responsive to the PFA. Resubmitted applications must include a Resubmission Letter, not to exceed two pages. PCORI will deem applications that do not meet these requirements as nonresponsive and will withdraw them from merit review. LOIs that are not invited to submit a full application do not count as a submission or resubmission.

Does Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval have to be obtained before applicants are notified whether the project has been funded?

No. IRB approval does not need to be obtained before submitting an application. After a PI is notified of the award, he or she can then begin requesting IRB approval, if applicable.

How should I go about contacting PCORI if I want to know the status of my application or make changes to it? 

You may contact PCORI by emailing pfa@pcori.org with your request. For programmatic inquiries, please contact disseminationquestions@pcori.org. Please note that PCORI is only authorized to discuss the application with the PI, PI designee, and Administrative Official (AO) listed on the application.

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