What is PCORI?

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) was established in 2010 with the purpose of funding research that helps patients, caregivers, clinicians, policy makers, and other healthcare system stakeholders make better-informed health decisions by “advancing the quality and relevance of evidence about how to prevent, diagnose, treat, monitor, and manage diseases, disorders, and other health conditions” and by promoting the dissemination and uptake of this evidence.

Each year, PCORI issues a number of funding opportunities focused on Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER), which compares various interventions and approaches to determine what works best. These funding opportunities often span several years and can include significant amounts of funding for direct costs, sometimes as much as $10-15 million.


Harvard Catalyst and PCORI

Our team regularly tracks the funding opportunities made available by PCORI and shares that information with the Harvard biomedical research community, and more specifically, utilizes Profiles to identify researchers working in areas most relevant to specific PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs). We’ve created a section, “PCORI Support for Harvard Researchers,” with resources, how-to guides, and sample documents. HarvardKey is required to log in. Also available are limited consultation services for interested researchers to help them think through their proposals, craft letters of intent, and better understand the PCORI application and funding process.

For more information or to request a brief consultation, please contact Leslie MacGregor, PCORI Funding Specialist: Leslie_MacGregor@hms.harvard.edu