The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) issued eight new PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs) offering up to $206 million in support for a range of patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER) projects. Letters of intent are due March 7. Grants are available in the following areas:
- Transitional Care: Up to $15 million to fund a comprehensive study of which clusters of transitional care services work best at reducing preventable hospital readmissions and improving outcomes among at-risk patients, such as those with limited caregiver support. The study will also determine which services are most effective in various healthcare settings and payment contexts.
- Pragmatic Clinical Studies: Up to $10 million in direct costs each to support six to nine studies for a total of up to $90 million. Unlike traditional randomized controlled trials, large pragmatic studies address the practical questions faced by patients, clinicians, and other decision-makers, and tend to involve patients and care interactions in typical hospital and clinical practice settings, rather than specialized research settings.
- Obesity: Up to $20 million to fund two pragmatic, randomized trials that will compare the effectiveness of obesity treatment options delivered in primary care settings to underserved adults, such as individuals with low socioeconomic status or who live in rural areas.
- National Priorities for Research: Up to$81 million available to support projects in the Spring 2014 cycle of funding on: assessment of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options, improving healthcare systems, communication and dissemination research, addressing disparities and improving methods for conducting patient-centered outcomes research.
PCORI added several new resources to its application processdesigned to help applicants meet all criteria. These include a new rubric designed to guide applicants in developing the required patient and other stakeholder engagement plan and revised budget templates that will enable easier completion and entry into the application system. Applicants can also learn more through informational “town hall” webinars for each funding announcement.