Special Emphasis Notice (SEN): AHRQ Announces Interest in Supporting Primary Care Research Career Development Awards
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Release Date:

October 22, 2021

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)


Revitalizing the Nation’s primary care system is critical to achieving AHRQ’s mission of improving the quality, safety, accessibility, equity and affordability of health care.
For many years, AHRQ has made significant investments in research to understand how to improve primary care including investing in primary care training and practice-based research networks, improving the delivery of clinical preventive services and care for people with multiple chronic conditions, optimizing primary care team functioning and improving team-based care, integrating behavioral health and primary care, and evaluating the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model and the costs of primary care transformation (see http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/primary-care/index.html). Recently, AHRQ’s continued dedication to advancing the field of primary care research has resulted in the establishment of a National Center for Excellence in Primary Care Research (NCEPCR).

This Special Emphasis Notice (SEN) highlights AHRQ’s interest in receiving Career Development (K) Award applications from emerging investigators in the field of primary care research.

AHRQ is interested in career development applications that will provide the opportunity for qualified promising primary care research scientists to develop into independent primary care researchers. Meritorious proposals will detail and describe:

  • Plans for mentorship with an established primary care researcher
  • Sufficient infrastructure to support practice-based research

Further Guidance

AHRQ sponsors several career development awards intended to foster the career development of promising new investigators. These programs provide salary and research support for a sustained period of time for early career clinicians and research scientists.

AHRQ will use standing program announcements for the K08 and K01 funding mechanisms to support this research.

Applicants should clearly state in their cover letter and project summary of their grant application that they are responding to this SEN by including the title and number of this SEN: NOT-HS-22-002.

Applications responding to this SEN should be submitted on regular application receipt dates identified in the respective Notice of Funding Opportunity and will be reviewed by AHRQ standing study sections.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Tamara D. Willis, PhD, MPH, PMP
Health Scientist Administrator/Program Official
AHRQ Career Development (K) Award Program
DHHS/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Office of Extramural Research, Education,
and Priority Populations
5600 Fishers Lane, Rm 06E81B
Rockville, MD 20857
V: 301-427-1011
Tamara.Willis@ahrq.hhs.gov | http://www.ahrq.gov/training