Pipeline awards will funnel $700,000 to projects focusing on major health issues

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved 47 new projects to receive community-building funding support through its Pipeline to Proposal Awards program. Awards totaling $700,000 will support initiation of community-building projects that can lead to research proposals.

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions.

Section 6301 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) established the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund. The Trust Fund is financed, in part, by fees to be paid by issuers of “specified health insurance policies” and sponsors of applicable self-insured health plans.

The fee, to be paid for each policy year ending on or after October 1, 2012, and before October 1, 2019, is two dollars (one dollar in the case of policy years ending before October 1, 2013) multiplied by the average number of lives covered under the policy or the self-insured health plan. For policy years ending on or after October 1, 2014, the fee is increased based on increases in the projected per capita amount of National Health Expenditures.

Awards range from $10,700 to $15,000. According to a press release issued by PCORI, the 47 projects will receive Tier I awards ranging from about $10,700 to $15,000 and totaling nearly $700,000. The projects will bring together patients, other health care stakeholders, and researchers who share a desire to participate in patient-centered outcomes research. The goal of Tier I funding is to build partnerships around a health care topic and enable them to form ideas for proposals for patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER) studies.

The awards are provided through PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Awards program, which enables individuals and groups that are not typically involved in clinical research to develop the means to produce community-led funding proposals. This is the second round of Tier I awards approved through the program.

The 47 projects focus on 35 health issues, including liver cirrhosis, osteoarthritis, sickle cell disease, spinal cord injuries, and chronic pain. The awardees span 20 states and Puerto Rico. Eight of the awardees are organizations that span multiple regions and are considered national. A list of the Tier I projects can be found on PCORI’s website.

“Giving an opportunity for these patient- and community-driven partnerships to develop represents part of PCORI’s commitment to patient-centered research,” said Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer. “We’re excited to offer another opportunity to assist those who are eager to promote and engage in community building through the second round of Pipeline to Proposal awardees. We look forward to seeing their work over the next nine months.”

Tier I awards provide up to $15,000 per project to help recipients build their community partnerships and begin developing governance structures, communications plans, and potential research questions.

Tier I funding is the first phase of PCORI’s three-tier Pipeline to Proposal Awards program. Tier I awards fund community-building and engagement projects. Tier II awards of up to $25,000 further enhance projects’ capacities, and Tier III awards of up to $50,000 support the development of high-quality, patient-centered research proposals that can be submitted to PCORI or other funders.

The new awardees are the second group to receive funding through this awards program. Tier I awards are open to patients, caregivers, researchers, or other healthcare stakeholders with a compelling idea for a research project. The 47 new Tier I award recipients have up to nine months to complete their proposed work after which they can apply for Tier II funding. More information on the program is available on PCORI’s website.

For more information, visit http://www.pcori.org/content/pcori-selects-47-individuals-small-groups-receive-initial-project-funding-through-pipeline.

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