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PCORI Announces New Disparities Research Areas of Interest

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) this month updated the Addressing Disparities Priority Area Research Areas of Interest for the first funding cycle in 2018. These new areas of interest, which seek to support clinical effectiveness research involving vulnerable populations at risk for health disparities, include:

  • Diagnosis, Initiation of Treatment, and Retention of African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos along the HIV Care Continuum;
  • Interventions to Reduce Disparities in Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Insomnia; and
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment Delivery for American Indian/Alaska Native Populations with Opioid Misuse Disorders.

Applicants may apply for funding in two ways:

  • awards up to $2 million in direct costs over a maximum period of three years; or
  • awards up to $5 million in direct costs over a maximum period of four years.

PCORI will release a full funding announcement on Jan. 16, 2018 and hold an informational town hall session for interested applicants on Feb. 1 from noon to 1 pm ET. Letters of intent are due Feb. 13 by 5 pm ET, and full applications are due May 16 by 5 pm ET.

PCORI also will release in January a funding announcement for comparative effectiveness research involving pharmacological treatment for anxiety in children, adolescents, and young adults.

Questions about these funding opportunities may be directed to


About the Author

Emily Schweich is a communications manager at America's Essential Hospitals.

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