AHRQ Announces Continued Interest in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Career Development Awards

Notice Number: NOT-HS-14-016

Key Dates
Release Date: August 8, 2014

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality AHRQ


With this Notice, AHRQ announces its continued interest in supporting individual Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) career development awards. AHRQ has two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) currently accepting applications, which can be found at:

AHRQ Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Mentored Clinical Investigator Award (K08), PA-13-180

AHRQ Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01), PA-13-181

Background and Research Areas of Interest

The mission of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 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 Service (HHS) and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used

The overall goal of the AHRQ PCOR Career Development Program is to build the nation's capacity for comparative clinical effectiveness research.

Improving Health Care Quality by Accelerating Implementation of PCOR
Within the mission, AHRQ seeks research that will help to improve the health and health care of all by accelerating the use of evidence about 'what works, for whom, under what circumstances' into clinical practice and health care policy development. Research should focus on ensuring that patients and their families, health care professionals, and health care policy makers have the information they need in order to make informed health care decisions and are able and empowered to use it.

Specifically, AHRQ areas of PCOR research interest include:

  • Demonstrating the effectiveness of synthesizing, translating, and communicating complex scientific evidence to facilitate informed care planning and health care decision making by patients, families, and health care professionals at the individual level and informed policy decision making at the health system and population level.

  • Discovering, testing, and spreading techniques for health care practice improvement to improve health care quality, including accelerating the sustainable implementation of evidence-based practice. AHRQ has particular interest in practice improvement in ambulatory care settings.

  • Improving health care quality through the use of information systems and data resources that both provide meaningful clinical decision support to health care professionals and patients and families at the point of care and that capture important actions and outcomes of health care to support clinical and organizational improvement.

  • Developing the methods underlying the fields of evidence synthesis, stakeholder and patient engagement, decision making, and practice improvement.

Further Guidance

Use of Funding Mechanisms. AHRQ will use its standing PCOR individual career development grant opportunities for K01 and K08 awards as indicated above. To learn more about AHRQ's research training funding announcements, go to http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/fund-opps/index.html.

Timeline Limitations. Career development grants will be funded for a project period of 3 to 5 years.

Application Submission. With this notice, AHRQ is providing information about one of the highest research priorities for grant applications. AHRQ will continue to provide regular updates of research priorities as research budget information becomes available. Grant applications focused on areas identified in this Notice should be submitted on regular research career development receipt dates and will be reviewed by AHRQ's standing study sections. Information about the grant application process, including e-grant applications and the funding mechanisms noted above, can be found at http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/index.html.

Applicants are encouraged to use relevant AHRQ, DHHS, and federal and non-federal public and private data resources to support these research efforts. Examples of such data may be the MEPS, HCUP, National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), Medicare and Medicaid data resources and other Departmental data resources http://healthdata.gov/.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Kay Anderson, Ph.D.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations
Division of Research Education
Telephone: 301-427-1555
Email: Kay.Anderson@ahrq.hhs.gov