Southern Region Program Office for PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal

About this Project

The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) was selected as one of the four regional program offices under the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI’s) Pipeline to Proposal Award Initiative. As a Pipeline Award Program Office, GHPC provides programmatic, fiscal, and operational support and management to PCORI awardees in the southern region (from Virginia to Texas).

The Pipeline to Proposal Award Initiative cultivates the development of patient-centered outcomes research proposals with sound scientific rigor and robust patient engagement. The awards are to support research ideas designed by partnerships of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other key stakeholders. The awards are for creating partnerships, engaging the community, and building capacity for community participation in research, leading up to the submission of a formal research proposal. PCORI will award up to $5.5 million during fiscal year 2016 with tiered awards ranging from $15,000 to $50,000.

As a Pipeline Award Program Office, GHPC manages the awards and provides technical assistance to the awardees. GHPC serves as a portfolio manager, both supporting programmatic work and acting as a fiscal agent. Technical assistance expertise focuses on partnership development, capacity building, and strategic planning.

Among the early southern region awardees were faith leaders tackling diabetes treatment adherence and youth mental health, and organizations representing underserved patient populations, including the transgender community, those leaving prisons, patients of poverty, or those living in rural areas.

Meet the Researchers


Deana Farmer

Senior Research Associate

B.A., Wake Forest University


Deana Farmer is a co-leader of the Georgia Health Policy Center’s Community Health Systems Development team and coordinates the center’s activities for the Pipeline to Proposal Award Office for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI’s) southern region. She brings with her experience in market research, communications planning, qualitative research, strategic planning, board and partnership… more »


Tamanna Patel

Senior Research Associate

M.P.H., Tulane University
B.S.Ed., University of Georgia


Tamanna Patel is a senior research associate at the Georgia Health Policy Center where she works on the Community Health Systems Development team. She links resources, information, and expertise essential for programs to bring health services to underserved populations. Her areas of expertise include technical assistance, sustainability, rural health, awards management, diabetes, and enrollment… more »