Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award Program Special Cycle: Building Capacity for PCOR/CER for Topics Related to COVID-19

Funding Agency:
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) plans to award up to $25 million in fiscal year 2021 as part of the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards. These awards are for research support projects. This program does not fund research studies.  

The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards support projects that encourage active, meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as integral members of the patient-centered outcomes research/comparative clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) enterprise.

This Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards Special Cycle Funding Announcement—Building Capacity for PCOR/CER for Topics Related to COVID-19 is a research support – not research—special funding opportunity for projects up to 18 months in duration and up to $200,000 in total costs. The length of the project period and budget amount must be justified by the level of activity that will occur during the project and all projects must be at least 12 months in duration.

This special funding opportunity will support projects that enable organizations and communities to build their capacity and skills to participate across all phases of the PCOR/CER process on topics that address health outcomes related to COVID-19. Projects will also provide an understanding of the impact of stakeholder engagement strategies within different settings and stakeholder groups focused on this special area of interest.

Deadline: May 24, 2021

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

In the context of the Engagement Awards program, capacity building to support research refers to the following types of projects:

  • Projects that focus on building the knowledge, competencies, and abilities of patients and other stakeholders to be meaningful partners in PCOR/CER with researchers throughout the research process, from topic selection through design and conduct of research to dissemination or implementation of results.
  • Projects that strengthen the skills of researchers to be better partners with patients and other stakeholders involved in PCOR/CER.
  • Projects that support the expansion of use or adoption of existing engagement tools and resources to build capacity for PCOR/CER in a new population or geographic area.

This is an opportunity to explore and address the urgent and unique needs to build capacity for stakeholder engagement in PCOR/CER specifically related to:

  • Long-term effects of post-acute COVID-19;
  • Impact of COVID-19 on disproportionately affected populations;
  • Impact of COVID-19 on social isolation and loneliness (mental health and well-being); and
  • Engaging, educating, and promoting informed decision making around COVID-19 vaccines.

Other relevant topics related to COVID-19 health outcomes with appropriate justification will also be considered.

Eligibility Requirements

Applications may be submitted by any private-sector organization, including any nonprofit or for-profit organization; any public-sector organization, including any university or college hospital or healthcare system; or any unit of local, state, or federal government. The Internal Revenue Service must recognize all US applicant organizations. Organizations may submit multiple funding applications. Individuals are not permitted to apply. Nondomestic components of organizations based in the United States and foreign organizations may apply, as long as there is demonstrable benefit to the US healthcare system and US efforts in the area of patient-centered research can be shown clearly.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

May 24, 2021