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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 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. 

The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award program is now accepting applications for three distinct types of engagement—not research—projects.

  • Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiatives 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: 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 to 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: Conference Support provide 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.

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.

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