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How should we approach compensation for patient and stakeholder partners?

PCORI expects partners to be compensated for their work on a study; however, we do not specify the amount or form of compensation. PCORI encourages careful consideration of equitable compensation across stakeholders and sites. Applicants should be thoughtful about what is being asked of each partner as well as the expenses for participating. Compensation rates (e.g., hourly, honorarium), variances between stakeholder compensation rates, and any additional support should be explained in the Budget Justification section of the application. In the rare circumstance that a partner waives compensation, this should be noted in their Letter of Support. For guidance, please review the Compensation Framework and Budgeting for Engagement

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