SOC Researchers Take Note: Mentored Career Enhancement Award in Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)

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If you are a mid-career researcher who is passionate about promoting a system of care approach you have got to apply for this grant award! The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has just announced an amazing grant opportunity (up to $275,000 annually) that targets established mid-career and senior investigators who are interested in developing new skills in comparative effectiveness research methodology and applying these methods to patient-centered outcome research (PCOR).

Do I have your attention now?

Okay, good. While faithful readers know the funding for Child Mental Health Initiative (which has sponsored a robust evaluation component in the past) is waning, you should also know that there are excellent opportunities for you to be supported in your research work through other avenues - And this is one of them.

First, some context:
Section 937(e) of the Public Health Service Act authorizes AHRQ to establish a grant program that provides for the training of researchers in comparative effectiveness methods and states that, “[a]t a minimum, such training shall be in methods that meet the methodological standards adopted [by PCORI] under 1181(d)(9) of the Social Security Act.” 

What is PCORI?
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) was created to conduct research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make more informed decisions. PCORI’s research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment and care options available, and the science that supports those options.

The Methodology Committee of PCORI was established to develop and improve the science and methods of comparative clinical effectiveness research. Legislation charges the Committee to develop “a translation table that is designed to provide guidance and act as a reference for the Board to determine research methods that are most likely to address each specific comparative clinical effectiveness research question.”  The Committee is also charged with producing a report by May 2012. Information on this activity can be found at

Put 'em together and you get a grant announcement like this one.

You will want to review the announcement carefully but take a look at these highlights from the application to get an idea of just how "in the wheel house" this should be for you. It's got "system of care approach" written all over it. You can do this folks!

Highlights from the announcement:
The overall goal of this FOA is to prepare qualified individuals for careers in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR).  Candidates must hold the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, or their equivalent in non-academic settings.  Candidates must commit a minimum of 6 full-time calendar months (equivalent to 50% of full-time professional effort) to their career enhancement in PCOR across a period ranging from six months to two years.  The career development experience must involve an intense, mentored career development plan in comparative effectiveness research, which will substantially improve the candidate’s ability to pursue future research in PCOR.

Candidates must focus their career enhancement/development programs in one or both of these areas:

Candidates are strongly encouraged to emphasize and address the following in their career development programs and applications:

Pretty amazing, right?
Okay, enough said. The Network is counting on at least a few stellar System of Care researchers to win one of these awards and further the science around how to effectively improve services and supports for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families.

Click here to learn more and get started on your application.


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