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Health Information Technology (IT) to Improve Health Care Quality and Outcomes (R21)

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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
Feb 16, 2018

Scientific/research contact:
Bryan B. Kim, Ph.D.
301.427.1505 (preferred contact method)

Peer review contact:
Boris Aponte, MPH, Ph.D.

Financial/grants management contact:
Nicole Williams


This opportunity provides funding to conduct exploratory and developmental research (R21) projects in the early and conceptual stages of development that will contribute to the evidence base of how health information technology (IT) improves healthcare quality and outcomes.

Projects should be designed to develop health IT solutions that facilitate population health management and patient-centered care delivery in a way that makes the solution shareable and configurable across different health domains and levels of scale.

Research priorities are:

  • Bringing research evidence to clinical practice
  • Using clinical data to improve care delivery and support shared decision making

AHRQ supports research concerning the delivery of healthcare in inner-city and rural areas (including frontier areas), and healthcare for priority populations.

Priority populations include:

  • Low income groups
  • Minority groups
  • Women
  • Children
  • The elderly
  • Individuals with special healthcare needs, including individuals with disabilities and individuals who need chronic care or end-of-life care

Eligible applicants include:

  • Public or private institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Independent school districts
  • Public and Indian housing authorities
  • Tribal organizations
  • Faith-based, community-based, and regional organizations
  • Governments:
    • State, county, city, township, or special district governments
    • Federally recognized and other than federally recognized tribal governments
    • Eligible federal agencies
    • U.S. Territories and possessions
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Awards will not exceed $200,000 in any given year or $300,000 for the entire 2-year project period.

Application process

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

Standard NIH application due dates for the R21 (new) activity code apply to this funding opportunity.

Tagged as
Health information technology · Healthcare quality · Population health · Research methods and resources

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