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Novel, High-Impact Studies Evaluating Health System and Healthcare Professional Responsiveness to COVID-19 (R01)

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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
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jun 1, 2020
Application: Jun 15, 2020

Scientific/research contacts:

William Freeman
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations

Robert McNellis
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement

Peer review contact:
Francis D. Chesley, Jr., M.D.

Financial and grants management contact:


This program provides funding for studies evaluating the responsiveness of healthcare delivery systems, healthcare professionals, and the overall U.S. healthcare system to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Program objectives include:

  • Research to improve the quality of care received and patient outcomes during and following the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Research to improve healthcare patient safety during and following the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Research to understand how the response to COVID-19 affected socially vulnerable populations and people with multiple chronic conditions during and following the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Research to understand how digital healthcare innovations contributed to the health system response To COVID-19, outcomes, and unintended consequences

AHRQ supports research, evaluations, and demonstration projects 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, and individuals with special health care needs, including individuals with disabilities and individuals who need chronic care or end-of-life health care.


Eligible applicants include:

  • Institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofit organizations with and without 501(c)(3) status
  • Governments
    • State governments
    • County governments
    • City and township governments
    • Special district governments
    • Indian/Native American Tribal governments (Federally recognized and other than federally recognized)
    • Eligible agencies of the federal government
    • U.S. Territories and possessions
  • Other
    • Independent school districts
    • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
    • Tribal organizations
    • Faith-based and community-based organizations
    • Regional organizations
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Total costs should not exceed $500,000 in any given year and $1,000,000 for the entire 2-year project period.

Application process

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

While not required, potential applicants are encouraged to email a letter of intent to by June 1, 2020.

Tagged as
Children and youth · Elderly population · Frontier and remote areas · Healthcare quality · Infectious diseases · Minorities · People with disabilities · Research methods and resources

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