In a long-anticipated announcement, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute said it has approved $30 million in funding awards for comparative-effectiveness research. The funds will be divided among 50 projects in 24 states and the District of Columbia.
An independent, not-for-profit organization established by the healthcare reform law to promote comparative-effectiveness research, PCORI first announced its Pilot Projects Program in September. By the Dec. 1 deadline, the grant program had attracted more than 850 applicants.
That high degree of interest persuaded PCORI to expand the program, which was initially designed to award roughly $26 million to approximately 40 awardees, Christine Goertz, a member of PCORI's board of governors and vice-chancellor for research and health policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa, said in a PCORI news release.