AHRQ -- Advancing Patient Safety Implementation through Safe Medication Use Research (R18)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (CQuIPS) is addressing patient safety and medication research by focusing on the safe usage of medications.  This perspective centers on how medications move through the health care system and how this systemic process can be improved so that patients are not harmed, while health care delivery is improved.  CQuIPS encourages the involvement of all members of the health care team, especially patients and families, nurses, pharmacists, technicians (pharmacy and medication administration technicians), health care administrators, risk managers, and physicians across all settings of care, including in the home.

This FOA will fund investigative research demonstration projects that examine the effective implementation of processes, policies, and behaviors that support safe use of medication as well as its sustainment and dissemination.

R18 Due Dates: Jan. 25, May 25, Sep. 25

PA-16-421 Expiration Date September 26, 2019

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Amount Description

 The total costs (direct and indirect) for a project awarded under this FOA will not exceed $500,000 in any given year or $1.5 million for the entire project period. 

 The project period may not exceed 3 years.   


Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

September 25, 2019