As was the case for the 2021 Broad PFA, the 2022 BPS PFA will be a “standing” PFA.
PCORI will post all submission materials for the Broad Pragmatic Studies and Methods PFAs and will open PCORI Online for the Letter of Intent (LOI) phase of application submission at the start of the Cycle Year (i.e., Cycles 1-3 of any given year will be available when Cycle 1 is opened). In addition to the PFAs, the Submission Instructions, applicant templates and resources, and cycle deadlines will also be posted on PCORI’s website and available in PCORI Online. Applicants may submit an LOI for any of the available cycles up until the LOI deadline for that cycle. PCORI will strive to make only necessary administrative updates to the Submission Instructions and applicant templates throughout the Cycle Year.
To maintain responsiveness to health research needs and stakeholder interests, PCORI may revise the details of a priority area, address policy changes, and add or remove Special Areas of Emphasis (SAEs) in a PFA during the Cycle Year. SAEs aim to encourage applications on a particular healthcare topic—not to restrict applications to only the SAEs. SAEs may include dedicated funds and, unless otherwise specified, may be submitted to either the $5 million cost cap category or the $10 million cost cap category. Applicants proposing projects that fall under an SAE for a particular cycle should note that if they elect to defer their application submission to a later cycle, the SAEs might change. However, for the Broad Pragmatic Studies PFA, any changes to SAEs would not affect application responsiveness determinations.
Announcement of any updates and any revised documents for the BPS and Methods PFAs will be posted on PCORI’s website no later than four weeks before each cycle’s LOI deadline. PCORI will also clearly indicate on the PFA webpage if no changes have been made since the prior posting.