Research on Healthcare Costs, Quality and Outcomes
To support research and evaluations, demonstration projects, research networks, and multidisciplinary centers and to disseminate information on health care and on systems for the delivery of such care involving: (1) The quality, effectiveness, efficiency, appropriateness and value of health care services; (2) quality measurement and improvement; (3) the outcomes, cost, cost-effectiveness, and use of health care services and access to such services; (4) clinical practice, including primary care and practice-oriented research; (5) health care technologies, facilities and equipment; (6) health care costs, productivity, organization, and market forces; (7) health promotion and disease prevention, including clinical preventive services; (8) health statistics, surveys, database development, and epidemiology; and (9) patient safety research, including healthcare-associated infections. In support of this research, the Agency has a special interest in health care and its delivery in the inner city, in rural areas, and for priority populations (low-income groups, minority groups, women, children, the elderly, and individuals with special health care needs).
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
AHRQ anticipates funding 257 grants. AHRQ funded 400 grants.Fiscal Year 2017
AHRQ funded 374 grants.Fiscal Year 2018
AHRQ funded 380 grants.Fiscal Year 2019
AHRQ anticipates funding 367 grants.Fiscal Year 2020
AHRQ anticipates funding 259 grants.
Public Health Service Act, Title IX, Public Law 106-129, 42 U.S.C. 299 ff
Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Federal, State or local government agencies, federally-recognized Indian Tribal Governments, U.S. Territories, non-government organizations,public or private institutions of higher education, and other public or nonprofit private agencies, institutions, or organizations. For-profit organizations are eligible to apply for these grants only if "cooperative agreement" is the designated funding mechanism. Organizations described in section 501(c)4 of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying are not eligible.
Federal, State or local government agencies, federally-recognized Indian Tribal Governments, public or private nonprofit institutions, U.S. territories, Native American organizations, consumers, students, minority groups, specialized groups, health or education professionals, individuals, scientist/researchers, and the general public.
Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of their nonprofit status when applying for grants. Costs will be determined in accordance with DHHS Regulations 45 CFR 75.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications must be submitted in response to a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). All FOAs are posted on www.Grants.gov. Refer to the FOA of interest for specific requirements regarding the application procedure. For State agencies, no State Plan is required. Applications are reviewed and evaluated by a group composed primarily of nonfederal scientists. The review is conducted by a panel of experts in the specific study area proposed.
Applications are reviewed for scientific merit by a committee including nonfederal consultants who are selected from appropriate scientific fields. AHRQ considers the recommendations of the review committee, program interest, and the availability of funds in the final selection of grant applications for funding. When such decisions are made, applicants are notified and a Notice of Award is issued.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days.
If additional support is desired to continue a project beyond the approved project period, an application for competing continuation must be submitted for review in the same manner as a new application.
How are proposals selected?
The proposals must first be reviewed by review groups of peers and recommended for approval on the basis of scientific and technical merit. This includes consideration of the qualifications of the principal investigator and staff to conduct the research using appropriate methodology and budget. Those approved proposals which are most relevant to the identified program priority issues of the AHRQ are funded to the extent that funds are available.
How may assistance be used?
The research should contribute to the health services knowledge base from which empirically based information can be derived by policymakers, both immediately and over the coming decades. Grants include funds for direct costs (such as personnel, travel, equipment, or supplies) necessary to carry out an approved project as well as funds for the reimbursement of applicable indirect costs (also referred to as facilities and administrative costs). Unallowable costs are indicated in the HHS Grants Policy Statement.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.
Records must be retained for at least three years; records shall be retained beyond the three year period if audit findings have not been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants may be approved for project periods of up to 5 years, depending on the grant program and based on the availability of funding. Refer to the FOA of interest for information regarding the maximum duration of the project period. Awards are made on an annual basis and it is expected that obligations will be made within the budget period awarded. After awards are issued, funds are released in accordance with the payment procedure established by the grantee institution with DHHS, which may be an Electronic Transfer System or a Monthly Cash Request System. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$108,016,631.00; FY 19 est $112,170,165.00; FY 20 est $84,941,313.00; FY 17$104,007,785.00; FY 16$111,070,851.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$3,956 to $1,149,308; $282,712 average. These are total cost figures (direct costs plus associated facilities and administrative costs, if appropriate).
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
42 CFR 67, Regulations for Grants for Health Services Research, Evaluation, Demonstration, and Dissemination Projects as amended by Public Law 106-129; HHS Grants Policy Statement, January 1, 2007.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
Based on availability of funding, it is anticipated that AHRQ-supported grants will continue to focus on health information technology research, patient safety research, prevention and care management, and quality, effectiveness, and efficiency research. AHRQ-supported grants focus on health information technology research, patient safety research, prevention and care management, and quality, effectiveness, and efficiency research.Fiscal Year 2017
AHRQ-supported grants focus on health information technology research, patient safety research, prevention and care management, and quality, effectiveness, and efficiency research.Fiscal Year 2018
AHRQ-supported grants focus on health information technology research, patient safety research, prevention and care management, and quality, effectiveness, and efficiency research.Fiscal Year 2019
Based on availability of funding, it is anticipated that AHRQ-supported grants will continue to focus on health information technology research, patient safety research, prevention and care management, and quality, effectiveness, and efficiency research.Fiscal Year 2020
No current data available.