AHRQ Digital Healthcare Research Funding Opportunities

Notices of Funding Opportunities

These funding opportunities are designed to fund digital healthcare research that fills gaps in the field. Highlights of these opportunities are provided below. For further information, please consult the specific announcement.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-21-164.html) invites applications that propose research projects that test promising digital healthcare interventions aimed at improving quality of care and healthcare services delivery at the point of care.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-20-074.html) invites applications that disseminate and implement patient-centered outcomes research evidence in clinical practice by scaling computer-based, interoperable clinical decision support.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-20-068.html) invites applications to produce health services research that will rigorously test promising interventions aimed at improving communication and coordination during care transitions.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-18-795.html) solicits Large Research (R01) Project applications that focus on AHRQ's mission and/or any aspect of its specific priority areas.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-18-794.html) encourages Small Research Grant (R03) applications, and expresses AHRQ priority areas of interest for ongoing small research projects. The R03 grant mechanism supports different types of health services research projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology. A notice of clarification was issued on September 17, 2018.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-18-793.html) invites Large Research Demonstration and Dissemination (R18) Project applications that focus on AHRQ's mission and/or any aspect of its specific priority areas.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-16-453.html) is intended for supporting conferences that help to further its mission to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable, and to work with HHS and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used. A sample small conference grant application can be found on the AHRQ Web site.

Special Emphasis Notices

This Special Emphasis Notice (SEN) (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HS-22-004.html) informs the research community of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) interest in funding applications that will conduct research on safe digital healthcare practices specifically related to the design, implementation, usability, and safe use of digital healthcare by all users, including patients.

This Special Emphasis Notice (SEN) (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HS-21-014.html) informs the research community of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) interest in receiving health services research grant applications that propose innovative and evidence-based interventions that advance the nation’s goal of achieving equity in the delivery of healthcare services including reducing disparities in quality of care, patient safety, healthcare utilization and access, and ultimately, health outcomes.

This Special Emphasis Notice (SEN) (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HS-16-015.html) informs the research community that AHRQ is interested in understanding how health IT can facilitate the collection and use of patient-reported outcome and patient contextual data to improve clinical management, care planning, patient experiences and health outcomes in ambulatory settings.

This Special Emphasis Notice (SEN) (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HS-16-009.html) informs the research community that AHRQ is interested in funding applications that will conduct research on safe health IT practices specifically related to the design, implementation, usability, and safe use of health IT by all users, including patients. These projects would generate new evidence on safe health IT practices that could be used by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and others to inform health IT certification and other forms of policy guidance.

A companion Special Emphasis Notice (SEN) (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HS-13-011.html) has been published to support career development (K08) and research dissertation (R36) grants focusing on health information technology (IT). This SEN is focused on five research areas of interest that are needed to support health care quality and are considered part of a continuous quality improvement process. These research areas of interest are design, implementation, use, impact on outcomes, and measurement.

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