Securing PCORI Funding

Securing PCORI Funding: Success Stories from IU Faculty

November 2, 2020, 3 - 4:15 pm

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) was created to ensure that patients and the public have information they need to make decisions about their desired health outcomes. PCORI is an independent organization that is funded through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund, established through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. For government fiscal years 2020 through 2029, the PCOR Trust Fund will receive an amount ranging from $275.5 million in FY 2020 to $399 million in FY 2029.

Several Indiana University researchers have received sizable awards from PCORI. In this webinar, offered by the Foundation Relations team in the Office of the Vice President for Research, several successful PCORI grantees will tell their stories of success and offer guidance for those familiar with patient-centered research who may be interested in pursuing PCORI funding.


Jill Connors, Assistant Research Professor of Surgery & Implementation Scientist, IU School of Medicine

Jill Connors is co-PI on Addressing Anxiety among Low-Risk Chest Pain Patients in the Emergency Department, a $3.4M award over three years, awarded in 2020.

Amy Knopf, Assistant Professor of Community & Health Systems, IU School of Nursing

Amy Knopf is co-lead, with Mary Ott, on the effectiveness of public deliberation in improving informed consent in research, a $1.1M award, launched in 2019.

Mary Ott, Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, IU School of Medicine

Mary Ott is co-lead, with Amy Knopf, on the effectiveness of public deliberation in improving informed consent in research, a $1.1M award, launched in 2019.

Susan Rawl, Co-Director, Advanced Training in Self-Management Interventions for Serious Chronic Conditions & Professor of Science of Nursing Care, IU School of Nursing

Susan Rawl received a $2.6M award for a five-year study entitled Comparing Ways to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in 2016.

Peter Schwartz, Director of the IU Center for Bioethics & Associate Professor of Medicine, IU School of Medicine

Peter Schwartz is a collaborator with Susan Rawl; he has also received two additional PCORI awards: a $1.6M in 2014 for a five-year study assessing the impact of quantitative information in colorectal cancer screening tests and a $2.7M award in 2019 for a five-year study on the role of personalized risk information in making informed decisions about colorectal cancer screening.

Moderator: Robin Newhouse, Dean and Distinguished Professor, IU School of Nursing

Robin Newhouse was appointed to the Methodology Committee by the GAO in 2011 and serves as vice chair of the PCORI Methodology Committee after six years as chair.