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Utilizing Health Information Technology to Scale and Spread Successful Practice Models Using Patient-reported Outcomes (R18)

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.226
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 25, 2021

For scientific and research questions:
Janey Hsiao

For peer review questions:
Boris Aponte, MPH, Ph.D.

For financial and grants management questions:
Anna Caponiti


This opportunity provides grants for research to demonstrate how health information technology (HIT) can improve patient-centered health outcomes and quality of care in primary care and other ambulatory settings through the scale and spread of successful, existing health IT-enabled practice models that use Patient-Reported Outcome (PRO) measures to achieve these objectives.

For the purposes of this opportunity, successful models are defined as models that demonstrate measurable impact on factors such as patient and clinician adoption, patient health outcomes, or quality of care. The program intends to support projects that scale and spread existing, successful PRO implementation approaches to additional sites, new settings, or new populations. Applications that propose to develop new PRO measures will not be accepted.

Program objectives, scope, examples, and required activities are listed in the application instructions.

AHRQ encourages research, evaluations, and demonstration projects concerning the delivery of healthcare in inner-city and rural areas (including frontier areas), and healthcare for priority populations, such as low income groups, minority groups, women, children, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and individuals who need chronic care or end-of-life care.


Eligible applicants include:

  • Public or nonprofit private institutions, such as universities, colleges, and faith-based or community-based organizations
  • Units of local or state government
  • Eligible agencies of the federal government
  • Federally recognized and other than federally recognized Indian/Native American tribal governments
  • Indian/Native American tribally designated organizations

The following types of higher education institutions are encouraged to apply:

  • Hispanic-serving institutions
  • Historically black colleges and universities
  • Tribally controlled colleges and universities
  • Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions
  • Asian American Native American Pacific Islander serving institutions

For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Total costs may not exceed $750,000 in any year and $1,500,000 for the entire project period. The project period is up to 3 years.

Application process

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

To expedite the peer review process, applicants are requested to notify the AHRQ Referral Office by email to when the application has been submitted.

Standard deadlines apply for new R18 applications.

Standard AIDS deadlines apply for AIDS related applications.

This opportunity expires on January 26, 2021.

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Asian · Black or African American · Children and youth · Elderly population · Frontier and remote areas · Health information technology · Healthcare quality · Hispanic or Latino · Minorities · Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander · People with disabilities · Poverty · Racial and ethnic groups · Research methods and resources · Women

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