PCORI issues funding announcements for development of a National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network

The institute will award up to $68 million for new and existing “clinical data research networks” and “patient-powered research networks.”

On April 23, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) issued two linked cooperative agreement funding announcements for up to $68 million to support the development of a National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, designed to achieve one of PCORI’s five National Priorities for Research, "Accelerating Patient-Centered and Methodological Research." Said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MPH, “A national data-rich infrastructure that advances high-quality, efficient CER will benefit all Americans.”

The two funding announcements will support Clinical Data Research Networks (CDRNs) and Patient-Powered Research Networks (PPRNs), including up to eight new or existing CDRNs that will develop the capacity to conduct randomized comparative effectiveness studies using data from clinical practice in large, defined populations and up to 18 new or existing PPRNs and their progression toward a reusable, scalable and sustainable research network. PCORI expects that the interests of patients will be central to decision-making about the network’s structure, function and uses. PCORI partnered with the Institute of Medicine to host a workshop in Washington, D.C. on April 25 and 26 to explore how data from networks like this can be used to guide clinical and health policy decisions.

Complete funding announcements, application guidelines and other related material are available on PCORI’s Funding Opportunities webpage. Required letters of intent (LOI) from applicants are due June 19 and complete applications are due Sept. 27.

For more information on this issue contact Christine Jamieson.