Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Exploratory Multi-site Palliative Care Research in Diverse Populations Utilizing the Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC) Group (R21)

Notice Number: NOT-NR-15-003

Key Dates
Release Date:   July 7, 2015
Estimated Publication Date of Announcement:  September 2015 
First Estimated Application Due Date:  November 2015   
Earliest Estimated Award Date:  July 2016 
Earliest Estimated Start Date:  July 2016 

Related Announcements

Issued by
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)


The National Institute of Nursing Research intends to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications to stimulate multi-site clinical trial research that enhances the knowledge-base of end-of-life and palliative care (EOLPC) science across diverse populations through projects that utilize multi-site resources of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC) Group. Investigators from the PCRC, those outside the membership network, or collaborations across the two, will propose EOLPC studies focusing on issues of diversity that require multiple site trials and PCRC resources including site selection for human subjects enrollment. It is expected that through this FOA, the effectiveness of the PCRC for the conduct of EOLPC multi-site trials will be demonstrated. This initiative will provide additional opportunities: a) to sustain the PCRC through new, innovative, exploratory projects and b) to provide the foundation for future, larger-scale multi-site clinical trials with individual and/or family-specific outcomes.
This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. 

The FOA is expected to be published in September 2015 with an expected application due date in November 2015.

This FOA will utilize the R21 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

This Notice encourages investigators with expertise and insights into issues related to research in diverse populations and end-of-life and palliative care science to begin to consider applying for this new FOA and contacting the PCRC Project Coordinating Center to coordinate and complete all PCRC requirements prior to application submission:

Established PCRC investigators, as well as investigators outside the PCRC cooperative group membership, are encouraged to apply to this FOA, with a requirement that the investigative team be multidisciplinary and include Nurse Scientists. Collaboration between new and/or early stage investigators and experienced investigators is highly encouraged.

Among the areas of research encouraged in this initiative are end-of-life, hospice and palliative care research that examine the issues of serious advanced illness in diverse populations as well as research designed to improve the translation of existing knowledge of strategies for end-of-life and palliative care.



Please direct all inquiries to:

Karen A. Kehl, Ph.D., R.N., F.P.C.N.
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Telephone: 301-594-8010