The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has reopened a previous opportunity and is accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) for several other opportunities. In all of its studies, PCORI aims to gather better, more relevant evidence to help patients make more informed and more effective decisions about their health care.
Due to a critical need for this particular evidence, PCORI has reopened its Comparison of Surgical and Nonsurgical Options for Management of Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain for which it will fund one or more randomized clinical trials that compare surgical and nonsurgical interventions for low back pain in adults. The maximum grant request is $15 million. Proposed studies should last no longer than five years, including a two-year post-intervention follow-up. LOIs are due on February 14, 2017; selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application due May 17, 2017.
In addition, PCORI is offering these opportunities for the first cycle of 2017:
- Broad PCORI Funding Announcements – These include investigator-led applications for patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research in PCORI’s national priority research areas, which are: 1) Assessment of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options; 2) Improving healthcare systems; 3) Communication and dissemination research; and 4) Addressing disparities. Click here for information on the Broad PFA’s Letter of Intent Town Hall on January 31.
- Improving Methods for Conducting PCOR
- Pragmatic Clinical Studies to Evaluate Patient-Centered Outcomes
- Dissemination and Implementation of PCORI Funded PCOR Results and Products in Real World Settings
Likewise, the opportunities listed above have LOIs due on February 14, 2017.
PCORI also has two Engagement Award opportunities available. First, it is accepting applications for its “Engagement Award: Research Meeting and Conference Support,” which grants a one-time award of no more than $50,000 for a one-year project or no more than $250,000 for a two-year project to fund meetings and conferences that match PCORI’s mission. No LOI is required, but applications are due February 1, 2017.
Second, PCORI’s “Engagement Award: Knowledge, Training and Development, and Dissemination announcement is looking for “projects that encourage active integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders” in its research. LOIs are due February 1, 2017 with full proposals due 40 days after the LOI’s approval.