Request for Information (RFI): AHRQ Requests Input to Develop an Innovations Research Portfolio

Notice Number: NOT-HS-08-013

Key Dates
Release Date:  August 15, 2008

Issued by
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)


AHRQ is establishing a new research portfolio, the Innovations Portfolio.  The Portfolio goal is to identify and support research that has the potential to accelerate improvements in the organization, delivery, and management of healthcare.  At this time, AHRQ seeks ideas on priority topics and activities that should be addressed as components of the Innovations Portfolio. 


The Innovations Portfolio will be focused on creating resources and opportunity for exploration and discovery, including identifying and supporting research that has the potential for high impact.  The research will be novel and span a diverse array of disciplines.  The portfolio will foster and nurture ideas and projects that have the potential to lead to highly innovative solutions that may lead to significant advances in healthcare organization, delivery, and management.   Research and activities supported under the Innovations Portfolio will reflect ideas substantially different from those already being pursued by AHRQ.  The portfolio will fund a transformative research agenda to solve pressing healthcare problems.  Thus, the main focus of the portfolio will be problem solving in order to accelerate improvement in healthcare. 

Ideas are sought for topics to be supported by the Innovations Portfolio.   Ideas are also sought regarding specific strategies to foster innovative approaches and programs.  Comments and ideas may address new and emerging priority issues, areas that should be the focus of research in the Innovations Portfolio, mechanisms for identifying and engaging partners for this important work, or any other related topic.


Responses to this request should be submitted to AHRQ within 60 days of the publication date of this Notice.  Submissions should be brief (no more than three pages per recommendation), and should be in the form of a letter or e-mail, preferably with an electronic file in a standard word processing format as an e-mail attachment. 

Responses should be submitted to Francis D. Chesley, Jr., M.D., Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, 540 Gaither Road, Room 2034, Rockville, MD 20850, FAX: (301) 427-1562, e-mail:

In order to facilitate handling of submissions, please include full information about the person submitting the recommendation, including: (a) name, (b) title, (c) organization, (d) mailing address, (e) telephone number, and (f) e-mail address.  Please do not use acronyms. 


Questions about this RFI should be directed to:

Francis D. Chesley, Jr., M.D.
Phone:  (301) 427-1449

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