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What are the PCORI Engagement Awards?

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 that is better able to participate in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER), and to serve as channels to disseminate study results. This is central to PCORI’s mission to fund useful CER that will help patients and those who care for them make better-informed healthcare decisions. 

Engagement Awards are not research awards. Accordingly, we cannot provide support for projects that attempt to answer research questions or test hypotheses, study causal links, or test a new, modified, or previously untested intervention, service, or program. Nor do we fund the development of research proposals. 

Many organizations, including patient groups and research institutions, have developed and implemented successful PCOR-focused trainings and programs, and there is a growing body of literature in this field. Unfortunately, successful methods and best practices for increasing patient and stakeholder engagement in research are not currently being disseminated at a pace consistent with the demands for patient-centered CER. 

Additionally, it is vital that PCORI support organizations to lay the groundwork to actively disseminate PCORI-funded research findings to potential users of the information.  Disseminating and promoting the uptake of research findings is part of PCORI’s legal mandate to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy makers make better-informed health decisions

Below are the three Engagement Award funding announcements:  

  • Engagement Award: Capacity Building funds projects that 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.
  • Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative provides support for initiatives (not conferences) to disseminate evidence and PCORI-funded published findings.
  • 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 audience.
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