Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
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 assist individuals beginning independent research careers in health outcomes at the faculty level.
Eligibility & Requirements
- Schools of medicine, pharmacy, public health, nursing, and dentistry are eligible for this award.
- This program is not intended for individuals in post doctoral training. However, those enrolled in post doctoral training programs scheduled to conclude by July 1, 2018, 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.
- Applicants must be sponsored by the department or unit in which the proposed research is to be undertaken.
- Eligible candidates will not have other substantial sources of research funding.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
 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%.
- The support of technical assistance may include the hourly wages of a technician; however the funds may not be used to provide fringe benefits or indirect costs for the technician.
- $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.
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.
1. General Registration Information
2. Applicant CV or Biosketch
3. 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).
4. Research Plan 
Prepare a comprehensive yet concise statement, not to exceed eight single-spaced pages (12-point font), 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, but will not be 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.
5. Research Abstract
Submit a titled abstract of approximately 200 words concerning the proposed research plan.
6. Budget (no specific format required)
Submit a budget categorizing how grant funds will be used. List any other funding this project will receive, including startup funds for the applicant.
7. Department Chair
Provide contact information and a recommendation letter.
Provide contact information, a biosketch, and a recommendation letter.
9. Additional References
Provide contact information and reference letters from up to three individuals familiar with your scientific career.
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.
Letters and third-party materials should not be uploaded by the applicant. The application process will request contact information, including an email address, for your chair, thesis advisor, and additional reference. These individuals will receive a prompt from the application system with instructions for uploading their document(s), which will be appended to the application.
Based on our policy, we do not provide written reviews.
The 2018 Health Outcomes brochure will be available later this year.