Faculty Starter Grant in Value Assessment-Health Outcomes Research
The PhRMA Foundation Faculty Starter Grant in Value Assessment-Health Outcomes Research (VA-HOR) offers financial support to individuals beginning independent research careers in VA-HOR at the faculty level at an accredited U.S. university. Applicants must be in a tenure-track position and within the first five years of their independent status.
Funding: $100,000 for one year
Funding may begin as early as July 1, 2023, or as late as December 1, 2023.
2023 Award Notification: April 15
The application portal for 2024 awards will open in December 2023.
Important: Please read the Program Description below and then click on topics in blue above (Eligibility, Funding, Application Process) to learn the full details about this award.
Every day, patients, clinicians, insurers, and other health care stakeholders make important decisions that impact patient health. It is critical that these decisions are based on rigorous scientific research.
Health outcomes research (HOR) uses analytic tools, patient-reported outcomes, and real-world data (e.g., medical records, insurance claims, patient surveys) to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and clinical and economic outcomes that matter to patients. HOR provides insight into how therapies work in the real world, which may not be available from randomized clinical trials.
Growing out of the HOR field, value assessment in health care seeks to evaluate the relative benefits and costs of health care interventions. There are many ways to measure the value of a health care intervention, but for the greatest impact, value assessment frameworks and methods should seek to incorporate diverse elements of “value” — including patient and caregiver preferences — that together illustrate the comprehensive benefits and potential drawbacks of a health care intervention.
HOR and value assessment can directly impact patient care when used by health care stakeholders to make decisions regarding patient treatment, insurance coverage, and reimbursement. The PhRMA Foundation’s Value Assessment and Health Outcomes Research Program funds researchers working to define and measure value to ensure health care decisions are being guided by the best possible evidence.
The Foundation seeks research proposals that investigate challenges and potential solutions related to evaluating the delivery, safe use, effectiveness, and value (clinical, patient-centered, and economic) of medicines and other health care interventions. Proposals could be empirical analyses or studies addressing methodological aspects of the following areas:
- Real-world outcomes using real-world data and analytic tools
- Clinical outcomes assessments
- Patient-reported and/or patient-centered outcomes, especially for diverse and underserved populations
- Patient- and equity-centered value assessment frameworks
- Economic evaluations of health care interventions
- Health preference research, particularly the perspectives of patients
- Development of innovative decision and value communication tools
- Evaluation and outcomes assessments focused on health equity and unmet need
- Innovative methods for measuring and reporting novel value elements from different stakeholder perspectives
Please contact the PhRMA Foundation if you have questions regarding eligibility at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applicants (U.S. and non-U.S. citizens) must be:
- Employed at a PhD and/or MS degree-granting accredited U.S. university
- Within the first five years of independent status
- Appointed to a tenure-track position (Non-tenure track candidates will not be considered.)
- Exceptions require written support from the department chair stating that this funding would promote the applicant into a regular tenure-track appointment, with the opportunity for promotion within the track. (Be sure to add your department chair as a reference when submitting your application.)
- Applicants must be eligible to apply for independent external research funding by their university.
- Applicants should not have other substantial sources of research funding. Individuals receiving only intramural funding or start-up funding from their university are eligible to apply. (Applicants are ineligible if they are the principal investigator of an R01 from the National Institutes of Health or a career award from the National Science Foundation.)
- Funds must be used to conduct the proposed research.
- Funding may begin as early as July 1, 2023, or on the first day of any month thereafter, up to and including December 1, 2023.
- If other funding becomes available during the grant, the PhRMA Foundation must be notified.
- The Foundation will not consider multiple applications for the same or similar efforts on the same project. If multiple applicants are submitting proposed efforts on the same project, the efforts must be separate activities and not duplicative. This pertains to applications in all categories of our VA-HOR program (predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships, faculty starter grants, and mid-career faculty grants).
- The PhRMA Foundation Faculty Starter Grant in Value Assessment-Health Outcomes Research provides funding of $100,000 for one year.
- Funding is conditional upon the awardee’s continued employment with the university, which will be assessed on a quarterly basis prior to payment. Awardees are required to notify the PhRMA Foundation if they leave the university.
- Payments will be made directly to the university on behalf of the awardee, with the understanding the university will administer the funds.
- Funds may be budgeted to include salary support for the awardee but should not exceed 25% of the budget. Funds may not be used to provide fringe benefits or indirect costs.
- Funds may be budgeted to include the support of a technician or graduate student at an hourly rate. The funds may not be used to provide tuition, fringe benefits, or indirect costs for said personnel.
- Up to $1,500 may be used for travel by the awardee to professional meetings in the United States.
- Funds may be used to purchase equipment and/or data to support the research efforts.
- Funding may begin as early as July 1, 2023, or on the first day of any month thereafter, up to and including December 1, 2023.
- A final progress report and financial report will be required within 60 days of the grant’s conclusion.
- Unspent funds are to be returned to the PhRMA Foundation upon the grant’s conclusion.
- Any changes to the proposed project must be approved by the PhRMA Foundation.
- Funds are non-transferable.
2023 award notification will occur by April 15. The application portal for 2024 awards will open in December 2023.
To start an application, go to the ProposalCentral website at proposalcentral.com. If you are a new user of ProposalCentral, follow the link “Create an Account” and complete the registration process. If you are already a registered user, login with your username and password. If you have forgotten your password, click the “Forgot your Password?” link.
Once you are logged in, please click the “Professional Profile” tab at the top and complete steps 1-11 or update with your current information. Your name, degrees, position/title, academic rank, department, and address will be pulled from this page in ProposalCentral.
Next, select the “Grant Opportunities” tab and a list of applications will be displayed. Find “PhRMA Foundation” and click the “Apply Now” link next to Faculty Starter Grant in Value Assessment-Health Outcomes Research.
The following components are included in the application:
2. Extended Letter (a.k. Personal Statement)
This is an opportunity to tell us who you are. This is an opportunity for you 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).
3. Research Plan
Applicants must prepare a comprehensive yet concise statement, not to exceed eight single-spaced pages. Applicants should use a format similar to the format specified for National Institutes of Health grants, including a description of the aims, objectives, rationale, significance, research design and methodology, and a bibliography of major references (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.
Preliminary studies, as well as results (if available), should be included. 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. (This is outside of the page limit and should be uploaded as a separate attachment titled “Collaborators”.)
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 PhRMA Foundation’s funds. Each application will be reviewed closely to assess the quality of the proposed research.
Required type specifications: U.S. letter size 8.5” x 11” / .5” margin / 12-point font (figures may be provided in a smaller font). Submissions that do not meet the specified guidelines for proposal preparation will be considered non-responsive and will not be considered for funding.
4. Research Impact Questions
Please answer the following four questions using the template provided in the application portal titled Research Impact Questions.
- How will this project advance the methods used in the fields of value assessment and/or health outcomes research?
- How does your proposal address barriers to progress in this space?
- How will the completion of your project bring value to society?
- Are appropriate measures in place to assure compliance with patient privacy and security? Please explain.
Enter your budget explaining how the funds will be used. If you need to add further explanation, please add an attachment titled “Budget Justification.”
6. Other Sources of Funding/Funding Explanation
Upload other support you may receive. If you do not receive other support, upload a document stating, “No other support has been received or is pending.” Other support includes all financial resources, whether Federal, non-Federal, commercial or institutional, available in direct support of an individual’s research endeavors, including but not limited to research grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and/or institutional awards. Training awards, prizes, or gifts do not need to be included.
Upload up to three relevant articles you have published.
Please note that the system will not accept your application unless the letters of support from your references have been successfully uploaded. You are required to submit contact information for the following personnel (minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 references):
- Collaborator(s) if any
- General Reference(s) who are familiar with you and your scientific career
Once you add their name and contact information to your application, an auto-generated email will be forwarded to them. The email will include instructions as to what they should address in their letter of support and it will provide a personalized hyperlink where they should upload their letter.
We suggest you inform your references in advance of what items should be addressed in their letter of support. See below:
Collaborator(s) (if applicable) should provide:
- Acknowledgement of their commitment, participation, and enthusiasm in the project.
- Their brief biosketch.
General Reference(s) should provide:
- The period of time they have known the applicant and in what capacity.
- Comment on the applicant’s communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to collaborate with peers on research projects.
- Explanation of how this program will be a productive experience for the applicant and why they should be selected.
- If involved in the applicant’s project, an explanation of their roles and responsibilities regarding the project.
REMEMBER to begin your application early so your references have ample time to meet the February 1st deadline.
It is your responsibility to see that these letters are uploaded. The application portal will permit you to review your application and the status of your letters of support before your final submission. Be sure to check it frequently and do not wait until the last minute.
The application portal will not permit the application to be submitted until the letters of support have been uploaded.