Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
Health Outcomes research spans a broad spectrum of issues related to health-care delivery, from studies evaluating effectiveness of a pharmaceutical intervention, to the impact of reimbursement policies on outcomes of care. It also ranges from the development and use of tools to perform patient-based assessments to analyses of ways in which results of outcomes research are disseminated to providers or consumers to encourage behavior change.
Outcomes research incorporates a variety of methods from different disciplines. The application of outcomes research principles in evaluating the design, delivery, and effectiveness of pharmaceuticals includes but isn’t limited to the following general areas:
Pharmacoeconomics evaluates behavior of individuals, organizations, and markets concerning use of pharmaceutical products, services, and programs. The discipline frequently focuses on costs (inputs) and consequences (outcomes) of pharmaceutical use.
Patient Reported Outcomes
Patient Reported Outcomes focuses on the value assigned to duration of life as modified by the impairment of physical, social, and psychological functional states, perceptions, and opportunities influenced by disease, injury, treatment, or policy. In this context, the field is also known as health-related quality of life.
Other types of analyses and terminology under the umbrella of health outcomes are listed below:
- Burden of Disease
- Comparative Effectiveness Research
- Patient Preferences
- Patient Centered Outcomes Research
- Cost–Consequences Analysis
- Cost–Benefit Analysis
- Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
- Cost–Utility Analysis
- Health Outcomes Research
- Health-Related Quality of Life
- Health Services Research
- Health Technology Assessment
- Patient Satisfaction
- To provide stipend support for individuals engaged in a research training program that will extend their credentials in health outcomes.
- To support the post doctoral career development of individuals prepared to engage in research that will strengthen representation of health outcomes in schools of pharmacy, medicine, nursing, and public health.
Eligibility & Requirements
- Applicants must have a firm commitment from a sponsor/mentor at an accredited U.S. university.
- Applicants must hold a Ph.D., Pharm.D., or M.D. degree.
- Applicants are encouraged to apply at the earliest point possible in their post doctoral research.
- All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
- The award is made to the university on behalf of the fellow.
- The fellowship provides a stipend of $55,000, paid quarterly, for a period of two years.
- Awards may be activated beginning July 1, 2017 or on the first day of any month thereafter, up to and including December 1, 2017.
- This award is intended solely as a stipend and may not be used otherwise. If necessary the institution may supplement the award to a level that is consistent with other postdoctoral fellowships it currently offers.
- The program provides no other subsidies (travel, tuition, fringe benefit costs, etc.)
- PhRMA foundation funds may not be used for indirect costs or fringe benefits.
- The second year of funding, if applicable, will be contingent upon a progress report approved by the Foundation and submission of a financial report.
- These funds are not transferable.
Post Doctoral Fellowship Application Checklist
Please make a copy of this list to reference during the application process, as incomplete applications will not be considered.
- General Registration Information
- Applicant CV or Biosketch
- Extended Letter
This letter is an opportunity to tell us who you are and to describe your career and future plans. Include a synopsis of your career, your professional interests, and your desired career path. The letter should not exceed two single-spaced pages (12-point font).
- Research Plan 
The applicant must prepare a comprehensive statement, not to exceed eight single-spaced pages (12-point font), of the plans for research, education, and training in the selected discipline. Applicants should use a format similar to the format specified for grants submitted to the National Institutes of Health, including a description of the objective(s), the rationale, methods of approach, and a bibliography of major references (bibliographies are not included in the page limit). Preliminary results, if any, should also be included. A project timeline is suggested. The first use of any abbreviation or acronym should be preceded by the full name or description or included in a footnote. The Health Outcomes Advisory Committee will review each application to assess the quality of the proposed research, as well as the proposed education and training. Therefore, documentation stating proper guidance and departmental support will be available to ensure training in the techniques and principles of the area is essential. The proposal must document the approval of all departments in which the candidate will train via letters from chairs or mentors in these departments, or from appropriate personnel if the proposal includes an experiential rotation in an industrial research laboratory.
- Research Abstract
Submit a titled abstract of approximately 200 words concerning your proposed research plan.
Unofficial copies of graduate transcripts should be scanned and uploaded along with the application. Arrange to have official hard copies sent to the PhRMA Foundation at 950 F Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20004 by the deadline.
Without these transcripts, the application will be considered incomplete. Do not upload secure PDFs, as our reviewers will be unable to open the attachments.
Provide a budget and list any other funding this project receives.
- Department Chair Information and Letter of Reference
The chair should provide contact information and a biosketch.
Please confirm that your department is responsible for the training in this discipline.
The reference letter should include an assessment of the applicant and proposed research. Information on the applicant’s current source of support and any pending applications for stipend support should be provided. If none are pending, please state this.
- Sponsor’s Information and Letter of Reference
The sponsor should provide contact information and a biosketch.
The reference letter should include an assessment of the candidate and proposed research.
- Information and Letters of Reference from Up to Three Other Individuals Familiar with Your Scientific Career
Copies of relevant articles published by the applicant should be uploaded to the application.
Letters and third-party materials should not be uploaded by the applicant. The application system will request contact information, including an email address, for your chair, thesis advisor, and additional reference. These individuals will receive a prompt from the system with instructions for uploading their document(s), which will be appended to the application.
All applications will be thoroughly reviewed by our advisory committees and the PhRMA Foundation Board of Directors. Unfortunately, due to the limited time of our volunteer reviewers, we are unable to provide a critique of each application.
 Submission of this plan is assurance that the research proposal has been written primarily by the applicant.