PCORI announces funding for comparative effectiveness research

The funding announcements correspond to PCORI’s National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda adopted by the Board of Governors in May

In May the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research institute (PCORI), established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 as an independent, nonprofit organization to support comparative clinical effectiveness research, released its first primary research funding announcements for up to $96 million in funding. 

The funding announcements correspond to the first four areas of focus in PCORI’s National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda adopted by the Board of Governors in May. The four areas are: assessment of prevention, diagnosis and treatment options; improving health care systems; communication and dissemination; and addressing disparities. A fifth funding announcement for up to $24 million will be issued during the summer, focused on accelerating patient-centered and methodological research. PCORI is seeking stakeholders, including scientists, clinicians, policymakers, educational training institutions and other types of stakeholders, to review the funding applications.

In April the PCORI Board of Governors voted to select 50 award applications for funding as a part of the institute’s Pilot Projects program. The selection process is outlined in a committee presentation available on the PCORI website.