PCORI Announces New Funding for Clinical Research Networks

December 29, 2014 in News

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has announced a new funding round to help build an interoperable research network to improve comparative-effectiveness research, Modern Healthcare reports (Tahir, Modern Healthcare, 12/23).

Funding Details

The funding is part of phase two of PCORI’s efforts to create a National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, or PCORnet (PCORI release, 12/22).

PCORI — which was created under the Affordable Care Act — will award up to $82.7 million to clinical data research networks for access to the data of at least one million patients. Specifically, PCORI will pay for $6.25 million in direct costs for up to 13 networks over a three-year period, increasing the number recipients by two from its phase-one funding.

Groups may submit letters of intent to apply for the phase two funds until Jan. 15, 2015. Eligible applicants must demonstrate:

  • The ability to extract unstructured, freeform data from patients’ electronic health records;
  • The ability to interpret patients’ EHR data digitally using natural language processing;
  • The ability to collaborate with other organizations that hold large data sets, such as CMS or FDA;
  • A financial plan that shows self-sustainability after the three-year funding period; and
  • Notable technical capabilities (Modern Healthcare, 12/23).

PCORI will announce the award recipients in July or August of 2015, with the program’s earliest start date slated for October 2015 (PCORI release, 12/22).

PCORI Announces Patient-Powered Networks Funding

In related news, PCORI has announced a total of $26.4 million to support “patient-powered research networks,” Modern Healthcare reports (Modern Healthcare, 12/23).

The patient-powered research network funding also is part of phase two of PCORI’s PCORnet (PCORI release, 12/22).

Specifically, the institute plans to provide 22 such networks with three-year $1.2 million awards, up from 18 of such networks who received funding under the program in its last round.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be willing to participate in research;
  • Demonstrate that it will bolster the number and diversity of patients working with the network; and
  • Partner with clinical data research networks, which are required to partner with at least two patient-powered networks (Modern Healthcare, 12/23).

Interested organizations must submit a letter of intent by Jan. 15, 2015. PCORI will announce the award recipients in July or August of 2015, with the program’s earliest start date slated for October 2015 (PCORI release, 12/22).

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