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PCORI Board of Governors Announces $350 Million in 2013 Research Funding

February 8, 2013—At the Feb. 4 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors meeting in San Francisco, Executive Director Joe Selby, M.D., announced, in 2013, PCORI would commit $350 million to patient-centered research by holding three funding cycles engaging all five priority funding areas [see Washington Highlights, April 27, 2012].

Targeted funding areas also were finalized, including the additions of back pain and obesity treatment options in diverse populations, with funding announcements anticipated in June and proposals due in November.

Two research-oriented sessions were announced for the spring of 2013. On April 24 and 25, PCORI and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) will co-host a meeting to consider the use of observational studies in developing patient-centered outcomes research. In response to concerns about the rigor of observational methodology in comparison to random control trials (RCT), the meeting will analyze the usefulness of observational studies for patient-centered research in particular.

A June 25 workshop in Baltimore with Academy Health will train researchers on understanding patient-centeredness in terms of research proposals and what types of research PCORI is soliciting. The workshop will help researchers clarify what patient engagement in research might look like, and comply with PCORI application standards. 

Dr. Selby also announced the first ‘PCORI Challenge’ to develop a patient / researcher matching system to connect partners interested in research funding from PCORI.  


Alexander Ommaya, DSc, Senior Director,
Clinical and Translational Research and Policy
Telephone: 202-741-5520

Ellen Salkeld, Ph.D.
Senior Lead Specialist for Implementation Science
Telephone: 202-741-6460


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