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AHRQ Health Services Research Projects (R01)

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.226
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jul 6, 2021

For scientific or research questions:
AHRQ Staff by Program and Portfolio Area

For peer review:
Kishena Wadhwani, PhD

For financial or grants management questions:


The AHRQ Health Services Research Projects Program (R01) supports specified health services research projects concerning the delivery of healthcare in inner-city and rural areas, including frontier areas, as well as for other AHRQ priority populations.

The project must produce evidence to make healthcare safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable. Grantees should work with the Department of Health and Human Services and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

Priority areas of focus are:

  • Research to improve healthcare patient safety
  • Harnessing data and technology to improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes and to provide a 360-degree view of the patient
  • Research to increase accessibility and affordability of healthcare by examining innovative market approaches to care delivery and financing

Priority populations include:

  • Low-income
  • Minority
  • Women and children
  • Elderly
  • Individuals with special healthcare needs, including individuals with disabilities and those who need chronic care or end-of-life healthcare

On August 2, 2018, AHRQ released a Special Emphasis Notice stating that the agency is interested in health services research to improve pain management, opioid abuse prevention, opioid abuse treatment and recovery, and overdose prevention and treatment. Focus areas include:

  • Evaluating state, local, and health system policy efforts to address the opioid crisis
  • Developing and evaluating interventions to prevent progression to opioid use disorders in people who are misusing or have experimented with opioids
  • Understanding and addressing the rapid increase in opioid-related hospitalizations among older adults

Eligible applicants include:

  • Higher education institutions
    • Public/state controlled institutions
    • Private institutions
  • Nonprofit organizations
    • With 501(c)(3) status
    • Without 501(c)(3) status
    • Native American tribal organizations
    • Faith-based or community-based organizations
    • Regional organizations
  • Governments
    • State
    • County
    • City or township
    • Special districts
    • Federally recognized Indian/Native American tribal governments
    • Indian/Native American tribal governments (other than federally recognized)
    • Eligible agencies of the federal government
    • U.S. territory or possession
  • Other
    • Independent school districts
    • Public housing authorities
    • Indian housing authorities
    • Non-domestic entities and non-domestic components of U.S. entities
    • Small businesses
    • For-profit organizations
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Award Ceiling: $400,000 annually
Project period: Up to 5 years

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through

NIH standard deadlines apply for R01 new, renewal, and resubmission applications.

Applicants responding to the Special Emphasis Notice (SEN) should clearly state in the cover letter and project summary of their grant application that they are responding to the SEN by including the title and number of the SEN (NOT-HS-18-015). Applications responding to the SEN should be submitted on regular application receipt dates identified in the respective Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Tagged as
Access · Children and youth · Elderly population · Health disparities · Healthcare quality · Illicit drug use · Minorities · People with disabilities · Poverty · Prescription drug abuse · Research methods and resources · Technology for health and human services · Uninsured and underinsured · Women

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