How to Write a PCORI Grant - Online Course

PCORI CourseAre you thinking about writing a proposal for PCORI? The UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is offering a free online mini-course on key elements of applying for PCORI funding.

This course is not being offered at this time.

The course comprises seven short lectures (10-20 minutes each) given by leading faculty on topics of key interest to PCORI reviewers. Lectures will be posted online over a span of seven weeks, and participants may watch the lectures on their own schedule any time during a given lecture's week. Online discussion boards will supplement the lecture material and allow participants to interface with course faculty. Participants will be able to download PDF documents of lectures slides and a list of other recommended resources.


  1. Introduction
    Instructor: Michael Steinman, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF; Director, Comparative Effectiveness Research Program

    Get to know PCORI, it’s mission, mandate, priorities, and commitment to doing research differently.

  2. Funding Opportunities
    Instructor: Michael Steinman, MD

    Learn about the scope of funding opportunities available through PCORI.

  3. Stakeholder Engagement
    Instructor: Rena Pasick, DrPH, Professor of Medicine, UCSF; Associate Director, Community Education & Outreach, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Learn about stakeholder engagement and the PCORI view of the role and definitions of stakeholder engagement.

  4. Stakeholders in Research
    Instructor: Michael Potter, MD, Professor of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF; Director, San Francisco Bay Area Collaborative Research Network

    This week we will discuss tips, tools, and resources for engaging stakeholders, with a particular focus on the process of developing the proposal.

  5. The Review Process
    Instructor: Lawrence Fisher, PhD, Professor of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF; Director, Behavioral Diabetes Research Group, UCSF

    We will cover the PCORI review criteria, role of stakeholders in the review process and common problems that trip up grant applications.

  6. Methodology Standards
    Instructor: Richard Grant, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF; Director, Delivery Science Fellowship Program Kaiser Permanente Division of Research

    This week we will introduce the methodology standards handbook and key concepts such as heterogeneity of treatment effects.

  7. CER Resources at UCSF
    Instructor: Michael Steinman, MD

    This week we wrap up with an overview of resources at UCSF for investigators submitting PCORI grants.

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