PCORI requests applications for pilot projects grants

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute released a funding announcement for a $26 million Pilot Projects Grant Program that will support approximately 40 awards

Just this week, the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), established by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, released a funding announcement for a $26 million Pilot Projects Grant Program that will support approximately 40 awards. This is the Institute’s first request for applications for competitive grants. The announcement lists three purposes of the program: inform PCORI’s ongoing development and enhancement of national priorities for patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), support the collection of preliminary data that can provide a platform for an evolving research agenda, and support the identification of research methodology to advance PCOR. More information about the program and instructions for applying can be found on the PCORI website.

Also this week, the New England Journal of Medicine published online a perspective article (PDF, 423KB) authored by Dr. Eugene Washington and Steve Lipstein, chair and vice chair respectively of PCORI’s board of governors, in which they discuss the work to date of the board and methodology committee in the creation of the new Institute.  The article also outlines the work that lies ahead, including landscape reviews of the country’s current capacity for conducting research and disseminating information, and the establishment of national priorities to drive the PCOR agenda. Washington and Lipstein highlight ways that the Institute has stayed true to its patient-centered mission thus far by engaging patients and the public in the process.

Over the summer PCORI issued a call for public input on the working definition of “patient-centered outcomes research.” APA submitted comments urging that the definition incorporate behavioral and social aspects of health and healthcare, that it take into account classes of patients who do not have clear preferences or cannot express them, and that it incorporate considerations of diversity. The Institute received 593 responses, which are now posted online.