PCORI Allocates $5M for Research Network Demonstration Project

March 28, 2015 in News

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has announced $5 million in funding for a demonstration project of its national clinical research data network, FierceHealthIT reports (Hall. FierceHealthIT, 3/26).


PCORI is a not-for-profit organization created under the Affordable Care Act to fund comparative-effectiveness research.

In December 2013, PCORI approved an initial $93.5 million funding round to build the data network, called PCORnet. The initial funding went to:

  • 18 research networks focused on patients with specific health conditions who are interested in sharing health data; and
  • 11 clinical data research networks with health care systems collecting data during care delivery (iHealthBeat, 3/12).

Demonstration Project Details

According to Politico‘s “Morning eHealth,” the demonstration project will be completed in two phases:

  • In phase one, PCORI will award up to $1 million over one year to allow PCORnet sites to collaborate with health system leaders in an effort to identify and prioritize data-driven research activities; and
  • In phase two, PCORI will award up to $4 million to fund as many as five one-year research studies on those priority areas (Allen et al., “Morning eHealth,” Politico, 3/25).

According to a presentation to PCORI’s Board of Governors, projects identified for funding will include those that:

  • Add value to multiple PCORnet health systems; and
  • Leverage data resources with or without additional health system data.

PCORI plans to release requirements for a limited competition in May, and applications will be due in June (FierceHealthIT, 3/26).

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