PCORI seeks applications for $81 million for comparative effectiveness research

Psychologists are PIs on 12 of the last 76 funded projects.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has released a new round of funding announcements with plans to award up to $81 million for comparative effectiveness research on the following topics:

  • Assessment of prevention, diagnosis and treatment options. 

  • Improving health care systems. 

  • Communication and dissemination research. 

  • Addressing disparities. 

  • Improving methods for conducting patient-centered outcomes research.

In a new blog post, PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby and Director of Contracts Management Martin Dueñas provide additional details, noting that the latest cycle of funding announcements includes clearer explanations of the meanings of patient-centeredness, comparative effectiveness research (CER) and stakeholder engagement in a research plan. Required letters of intent (LOIs) from applicants for this funding cycle are due June 15 and applications are due August 15. Awards for this cycle will be made in mid-December.

PCORI also announced two new funding opportunities last month totaling $68 million to facilitate the development of a national patient-centered CER data infrastructure. Required LOIs from applicants are due June 19 and applications are due Sept. 27.

Earlier in May, PCORI approved funding for 51 new projects totaling $88.6 million, selected through a competitive review process in which scientists, patients, caregivers and other members of the broad healthcare community helped to evaluate proposals. The projects address the first four of the institute’s National Priorities for Research. The institute also awarded $41 million for primary research projects on the same priorities in December 2012 and of all 76 projects funded, 12 principal investigators are psychologists. 

PCORI funded projects led by psychologists include:

  • “Researching the Effectiveness of Decision-Support Tool for Adult Consumers with Mental Health Needs and their Care Managers” (Erika Van Buren, Family Service Agency of San Francisco)

  • “Developing Quality Metrics from Patient-Reported Outcomes for Medical Rehabilitation” (Allen Heinemann, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) 

  • “Patient Priorities and Community Context: Navigation for Disadvantaged Women with Depression” (Ellen Poleshuck, University of Rochester)

  • "Reducing Disparities with Literacy-Adapted Psychosocial Treatments for Chronic Pain: A Comparative Trial” (Beverly Thorn, University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa)

  • “Decision Support for Parents Receiving Genetic Information about Child’s Rare Disease” (David Sandberg, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor)

  • “Ovarian Cancer Patient-Centered Decision Aid” (Lari Wenzel, University of California Irvine)

  • “Developmental Trajectories of Impairments, Health, and Participation of Children with Cerebral Palsy” (Sarah Westcott McCoy, University of Washington)

  • “A Patient-Centered Approach to Successful Community Transition After Catastrophic Injury”  (Michael Jones, Shepherd Center)

  • “Rural Options At Discharge Model of Active Planning (ROADMAP)” (Tom Seekins, University of Montana)

  • “Nueva Vida Intervention: Improving QOL in Latina Breast Cancer Survivors and Their Caregivers” (Kristi Graves, Georgetown University)

  • “Shared Medical Decision Making in Pediatric Diabetes” (Tim Wysocki, Nemours Children's Clinic)

  • “Cognitive AED Outcomes in Pediatric Localization Related Epilepsy (COPE)” (David W. Loring, Emory University)

For more information contact Christine Jamieson of the APA Science Directorate’s Government Relations Office.