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Improving Healthcare Systems Research Grants

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Letter of Intent (Required): Oct 31, 2017
Application: Feb 6, 2018

For programmatic questions:
Online inquiry form

For administrative, financial, or technical questions:


Improving Healthcare Systems Research Grants will offer funding to research the comparative effectiveness of innovative features of healthcare systems. Studies should be designed to provide information of value regarding which features of systems lead to better patient-centered outcomes. Studies that examine effects on certain populations, including low-income and rural populations, will receive priority.

Healthcare systems include:

  • Private and public health insurance plans
  • Physician groups
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes and assisted living facilities
  • Academic medical centers
  • Integrated delivery systems
  • Community-based and safety-net clinics
  • Federal, state, and municipal providers
  • Other entities organized to deliver, arrange, purchase, or coordinate healthcare services

Priority research areas include:

  • Patients’ access to care, high quality of care, support for self-care, and coordination of care across healthcare settings
  • Professional decision making on the basis of patents’ personal values
  • Experiences that are important to patients and their caregivers, such as overall health, functional ability, health-related quality of life, stress, severity of symptoms, survival, and unanticipated healthcare utilization, such as unexpected hospital stays or visits to the emergency department
  • The efficiency of healthcare delivery, as measured by the amount of ineffective, duplicative, or wasteful care provided to patients

Applications may be submitted by any public or private sector research organization, including:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • For-profit organizations
  • University or college hospitals or healthcare systems
  • Laboratories
  • Manufacturers
  • Units of local, state, or federal government

Organizations may submit multiple applications for funding.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Large projects that last up to 5 years can apply for up to $5,000,000 in direct costs.

Small projects that last up to 3 years can apply for up to $2,000,000 in direct costs.

Application process

Program guidance and the link for online submission are available in the application instructions.

The deadline for online submission of the Letter of Inquiry is October 31, 2017. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, with a deadline of February 6, 2018.

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Access · Accountable Care Organizations · Care coordination · Community health workers · Governance of healthcare organizations · Health information technology · Healthcare quality · Integrated service delivery · Medical homes · Reimbursement and payment models · Research methods and resources · Service delivery models · Telehealth

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