Research Starter Grant in Health Outcomes Research
Application deadline: February 3, 2020 @ 11:59 PM EST. (Application and reference letters of support must be submitted by deadline. The application portal will open in late December.)
Eligibility: Applicants (U.S. and non-U.S. citizens) schools of medicine, pharmacy, public health, nursing, and dentistry are eligible for this award. This program is not intended for individuals in postdoctoral training. However, those enrolled in postdoctoral training programs scheduled to conclude by July 1, 2020, who will hold an academic appointment by that time, may apply. Those holding academic rank of instructor or assistant professor, and investigators at the doctoral level with equivalent positions, are eligible to apply, provided the proposed research is neither directly nor indirectly subsidized to any significant degree by an extramural support mechanism.
Funding: $100,000 for one year.
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Award notification is April 15, 2020.
Important: Please click on topics in blue, above, to learn the full details about this award.
Pharmacoeconomics, Real World Data and Health Outcomes Program (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 patient-level real-world data and tools to perform patient-based assessments to analyses of ways in which results of Health Outcomes Research are disseminated to providers or consumers to encourage behavior change.
Health Outcomes Research incorporates a variety of methods, data, and tools from different disciplines. The application of Health Outcomes Research principles in evaluating the design, delivery, safe use 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.
Clinical Outcomes Assessment (COA) includes Patient Reported Outcomes, Clinician-Reported Outcomes, Performance Outcomes and Observer-Reported Outcomes. COA focuses on the value assigned to duration of life as modified by the impairment of physical, social, and psychological functional states, symptoms, satisfaction, perceptions, and opportunities influenced by disease, injury, treatment, or policy.
Patient-level Real-World Data and Analytic Tools: Health Outcomes Research depends on the evolving and increasing use, and evaluation of technologies, analyses and patient-level prospective databases (e.g. electronic medical records, health insurance claims data, registries, patient health-networks, patient health status monitoring) to assist in better understanding diseases and interventions.
Analyses and terminology under the umbrella of health outcomes include:
Biomarkers and Genetic Epidemiology Cost-Utility Analysis
Burden of Disease Health Services Research
Clinical Outcomes Assessment Health Technology Assessment
Comparative Effectiveness Research Patient Engagement in Research
Cost-Benefit Analysis Real-World Data and Evidence
Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Value Assessment
- To assist individuals beginning independent research careers in health outcomes at the faculty level. Hence, the term “starter”.
ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS 
- Applicants (U.S. and non-U.S. citizens) attending U.S. schools of medicine, pharmacy, public health, nursing, and dentistry are eligible for this award.
- Applicants must be sponsored by the department or unit in which the proposed research is to be undertaken.
- This program is not intended for individuals in postdoctoral training. However, those enrolled in postdoctoral training programs scheduled to conclude by July 1, 2020, who will hold an academic appointment by that time, may apply.
- Those holding academic rank of instructor or assistant professor, and investigators at the doctoral level with equivalent positions, are eligible to apply, provided the proposed research is neither directly nor indirectly subsidized to any significant degree by an extramural support mechanism.
- Applications must be submitted by an accredited U.S. university. Eligible candidates will have a firm commitment from the university.
- Eligible candidates will not have other substantial sources of research funding.
 Applicants will be judged on the scientific merit of the proposed research and degree of financial need.
 Exceptions require written support from the department chair stating this funding would promote the instructor into a regular tenure or research track appointment, with the opportunity for promotion within the track.
 This program is not offered to augment an ongoing research effort. Funds must be used to conduct the proposed research.
- The grant provides funding of $100,000 for one year.
- The grant is paid on a quarterly basis to the university on behalf of the applicant, with the understanding that the university will administer the funds.
- The funds have limited restrictions – a characteristic of the program.
- The funds may be used for salary support but should not exceed 25%. Funds may not be used to provide fringe benefits or indirect costs.
- The support of technical assistance may include the hourly wages of a technician or graduate student stipend; however, the funds may not be used to provide fringe benefits or indirect costs for the personnel.
- Within the $100,000 grant, up to $1,500 per year may be used for travel to professional meetings by the grantee.
- PhRMA Foundation funds may not be used for indirect costs or fringe benefits.
- These funds are not transferable.
- Funding may begin as early as July 1, 2020.
- Unspent funds are to be returned to the PhRMA Foundation upon the grant’s conclusion.
Research Starter Grant 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 (U.S. letter size 8.5” x 11” / 12-point font / .5” margin).
- Research Plan
Prepare a comprehensive yet concise statement, not to exceed eight single-spaced pages (U.S. letter size 8.5” x 11” / 12-point font / .5”), including objectives and specific aims, background, significance, and rationale. Preliminary studies, as well as results (if available), should be included. Detail the research design and methodology. Applicants should use a format similar to the format specified for grants submitted to the National Institutes of Health. A bibliography of major references should be provided (bibliographies are not included in the page limit). The first use of any abbreviation or acronym should be preceded by the full name or description. Clearly identify other principals involved as collaborators in the project, the amount of time they will commit, and the amount of time you will commit. List by titles the funded research projects of each principal, the portion of time committed, and the amount and source of funds for these projects. Identify the amount of intramural support available for the proposed project, and other research efforts by budget categories and amounts. If the school makes the services of a technician available to the candidate, note this. Identify the part of the proposal that will be directly initiated or expedited by the Foundation’s funds. The Advisory Committee that reviews each application places considerable emphasis on the quality of the research and training proposal. In describing the research and training plan, it is essential to document that guidance and departmental support will be available to ensure proper training in the techniques and principles of the specified area.
- Research Abstract
Submit a titled abstract of approximately 200 words concerning the proposed research plan.
Complete the budget section of the application portal categorizing how the funds will be used. If you would like to submit additional information, please upload a Budget Justification.
Applicant should upload contact information for each reference (at least three people). The system will auto generate an email asking him/her to provide a letter of support by February 3, 2020 @ 11:59 PM EST.
Applicant should upload contact information for the head of the administrative unit in which the applicant reports, e.g. department chair, program director, center director, institute director, etc. His/her reference letter should include an assessment of the applicant and proposed research as well as confirming the department is responsible for the training in this discipline.
Collaborator (if applicable)
The collaborator should provide a letter of support including their biosketch, acknowledging their support and enthusiasm for the project.
Up to Three Other Individuals Familiar with Your Scientific Career
S/He should provide a letter of support providing as much information about the applicant and their experience for the proposed project.
- Reprints or Preprints
Submit copies of relevant articles you have published.
(^) Submission of this plan is assurance that the research proposal has been written primarily by the applicant.
2020 Applications will be accepted after January 1, 2020. Application and reference letters of support are due by the deadline of February 3, 2020 @ 11:59 PM EST.