RELEASE DATE:  March 26, 2002

NOTICE:  NOT-HS-02-005

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)


The purpose of this addendum is to inform potential applicants of 
clarification to the funding priorities for RFA-HS-02-003, published in the 
NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, on February 6, 2002, 
(https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HS-02-003.html), titled 
"Developmental Grants for Primary Care Practice-Based Research Networks 
(PBRNs)," administered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 
(AHRQ).  This RFA for Exploratory/Developmental Research (R21) awards 
supports two categories of activities by primary care PBRNs:  (1) development 
or enhancement of network infrastructure, and (2) exploratory or pilot 
research projects.  

This announcement relates specifically to proposals for exploratory or pilot 
research.  The areas of investigation listed in the RFA, as being of 
particular interest to AHRQ for such projects, include "network strategies 
for assuring that new research evidence is translated into actual practice."  

Since the release of the announcement, AHRQ has decided to further emphasize 
this area of investigation.  Funding priority will be given to applications 
submitted under the RFA for exploratory or pilot research projects that 
propose to:  (1) identify and test effective and efficient strategies for 
achieving measurable and sustainable improvements in health care through the 
implementation of research evidence, and (2) measure the impact of these 
translation efforts.  The other award criteria listed in the RFA will also be 
considered by AHRQ in making final funding decisions.


Direct inquiries regarding this or related issues to:

David Lanier, M.D.
Center for Primary Care Research
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Telephone:  (301) 594-1489
E-mail:  dlanier@ahrq.gov

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