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Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, For-Profits,
and Agencies to Promote Patient-Centered Care Research

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Deadline Date:

05/31/19 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits, for-profits, and government agencies for the dissemination of research addressing patient-centered approaches to medicine. Funding is intended for projects involving patients, clinicians, caregivers, and other healthcare stakeholders as members of the patient-centered outcomes research/clinical-effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) enterprise. The award offers recipients the opportunity to propose meaningful dissemination projects aimed at spreading awareness and increasing knowledge of new evidence from PCORI-funded research, targeted directly to patients, clinicians, and others who can use this information to inform healthcare decisions.

Successful applications will address:
-Why the end users proposed as the target for dissemination are important for PCORI to reach
-The organization’s relationship to the targeted end users, and its experience and track record in bringing evidence to them
-Which findings will be disseminated, and why the findings are relevant to the specific end users proposed as the target for dissemination
-The potential impact of uptake of these findings by the targeted end users
-The specific strategies proposed for dissemination to these end users, and justification of the choice of strategies
-The reach of the proposed strategies (i.e., the number of people in each targeted group whose awareness and knowledge of the evidence disseminated will be meaningfully increased)
-Evaluation metrics for assessing the success of the dissemination strategies

Strategies proposed for disseminating PCORI results include:
- Increase the reach of evidence. These strategies purposefully distribute evidence to different targeted audiences and settings to increase the reach of information using different communication channels, such as mail, email, phone, text message, TV, radio, print, social media, webinar, and mobile apps.
- Increase people’s motivation to use and apply evidence. These strategies focus on increasing interest in the evidence among targeted audiences and within targeted settings, using local champions, community leaders or groups, thought leaders or groups, or experts to actively endorse or promote the evidence being disseminated.
- Increase people’s ability to use and apply evidence. These strategies enhance people’s ability to understand, use, and apply evidence, generally providing additional resources (how-to materials, training, etc.) relevant to the evidence.

These types of strategies may be used together—in combination or in sequence—to increase the reach of evidence, and motivate and facilitate its use. Successful applicants will draw on these approaches, as well as on their own experience and creativity, in proposing dissemination strategies most likely to be successful with their target audience. Equal consideration will be given to novel approaches—such as contests and challenges promoting awareness—if relevant for a particular target audience and accompanied by a sound rationale.

The primary purpose of dissemination efforts must be to accomplish an increase in knowledge and awareness among a substantial group of targeted end users—not simply create materials that could be used for this purpose. The following PCORI-funded research evidence sources may serve as the basis for dissemination activities under this award:
-PCORI-funded Primary Research Results. These are articles published in peer-reviewed research journals that are based on work done by PCORI-funded projects.
-PCORI-funded Systematic Reviews and Systematic Review Updates. These compilations provide answers to specific clinical questions by analyzing published and unpublished results from all relevant studies on a given topic.
-PCORI Evidence Updates. These briefs highlight some of the important research findings from PCORI-funded projects in a plain-language format for patients and other stakeholders.
-PCORI CME/CE. These continuing medical education/continuing education activities contain information that support healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers, and other stakeholders in putting key findings from PCORI-funded projects into practice.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183094

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award total costs may not exceed $300,000.

Term of Contract:

The projects start date should be no sooner than six months from LOI submission deadline.

The maximum project period is two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by any private or public-sector organization, including any nonprofit or for-profit organization or any unit of local, state, or federal government. All US applicant organizations must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Non-domestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations may apply, as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the US healthcare system, and US efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be clearly shown.

Organizations may submit multiple applications for funding. Individuals are not permitted to apply.

LOIs and applications will be considered nonresponsive for an Engagement Award if they propose:
-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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applying for an Engagement Award is a two-stage process. A Letter of Intent must be submitted and an organization must be invited to submit a full application. The Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline is May 31, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. (ET).

Letters of Inquiry (LOI) should be submitted by the application deadlines. Full proposal submissions are by invitation only, after review and approval of the LOI. Letters of Inquiry will be screened for responsiveness to the call for applications and fit to program goals. Only those selected will be permitted to submit full applications.

LOIs will be reviewed within 40 days of submission. A full proposal, submitted upon invitation only, should be submitted within 40 days of receiving the invitation. Full proposals will be reviewed within 40 days of submission. If the full proposal is awarded, a PCORI staff member will coordinate arrangements to begin contracting negotiations. Typically contracts negotiations take about six weeks.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.