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What kinds of projects do you not fund?

Engagement Awards are not intended to support:

  • Projects solely intended to increase patient engagement in health care or health care systems rather than health care research
  • Projects to design or test health care interventions
  • Activities that involve the use of a drug or medical device
  • Development of clinical practice guidelines or care protocols
  • Projects to recruit and enroll patients for clinical trials
  • Projects that only involve patients as subjects (individuals enrolled into a study as participants)
  • Research studies including randomized controlled trials, observational studies and pragmatic clinical studies
  • Development or maintenance of a registry, or recruitment to participate in a registry
  • Projects designed solely to validate tools or instruments
  • Writing research proposals or completing grant applications, grantmaking.
  • Projects focused on social determinants of health, with no focus on patient-centered outcomes research, or comparative clinical effectiveness research
  • Planning for dissemination or dissemination initiatives without including PCORI-funded research or related products
  • Conferences that are scheduled to occur less than 6 months from the application due date
  • Projects or meetings without a clear focus on patient-centered outcomes research, or comparative clinical effectiveness research
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