The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) was selected as one of the five regional program offices under the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI’s) Pipeline to Proposal Award Initiative. As a Pipeline Award Program Office from 2015 to 2017, GHPC provided programmatic, fiscal, and operational support and management to PCORI awardees in the southern region (from Virginia to Texas).
The Pipeline to Proposal Award Initiative cultivated the development of patient-centered outcomes research proposals with sound scientific rigor and robust patient engagement. The awards supported development of research ideas designed by partnerships of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other key stakeholders. The awards provided funding to create partnerships, engage the community, and build capacity for community participation in research, leading up to the submission of a formal research proposal. During each year of the Pipeline to Proposal program, PCORI provided tiered awards ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 to each recipient
As a Pipeline Award Program Office, GHPC managed the awards and provided technical assistance to the awardees. GHPC served as a portfolio manager, both supporting programmatic work and acting as a fiscal agent. Technical assistance expertise focused on partnership development, capacity building, strategic planning, and research proposal development.
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.