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Exploratory and Developmental Research Grant to Improve Health Care Quality and Outcomes through Health Information Technology (IT) (R21)

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.226
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Feb 16, 2017

For scientific or research questions:
Amy Lindinha

For peer review:
Kishena Wadhwani

For financial or grants management questions:
Brian Campbell


Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health Information Technology (IT) (R21) will award funding for research related to projects on health information technology projects. Funding may be used for:

  • Pilot/feasibility Studies: Projects designed to inform the development of future health IT applications or systems, improvement on existing health IT applications or systems, strategies for health IT implementation in actual care delivery settings, and/or the conduct of future health IT research
  • Secondary Data Analysis of Health IT Research: Projects designed to generate insight regarding facilitators and barriers to the effectiveness of health IT applications or systems related to the design, implementation, or use of health IT to improve health care quality
  • Economic (prospective or retrospective) Analysis of a Health IT Project: Projects designed to conduct economic evaluations of health IT projects. Health IT prospective or retrospective economic analyses should feature an evaluation of financial and non-financial costs and benefits of a health IT project.

Entities eligible to apply include:

  • Public or non-profit private institutions, such as a university, college, or a faith-based or community-based organization
  • Units of local or state government
  • Eligible agencies of the federal government
  • Indian/Native American tribal government (federally recognized)
  • Indian/Native American tribal Government (other than federally recognized)
  • Indian/Native American tribally designated organizations
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Total costs are limited to $300,000 over a two-year period, with no more than $200,000 in total costs allowed in any single year. An application with a project period that exceeds two years, or budget that exceeds $300,000 in total costs, will not be reviewed.

Application process

Links to the program guidance and electronic application are available through

Grant proposals are reviewed three times a year with submission cycle deadlines on February 16, June 16, and November 16 of each year.

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