Funding Opportunities and Links from UrbanHealthWatch.net and AHRQ

by Reza Corinne Clifton
Editor, UrbanHealthWatch.net

PROVIDENCE, RI – Here at UrbanHealthWatch.net, we recognize that there are sometimes costs associated with fighting to 1) achieve health equity and 2) to eliminate health disparities. Based on that, as well as conversations with readers of the blog, we’ve decided to take some time out to share a few grant opportunities from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which we’ve received and reviewed.

The mission of AHRQ is “to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.” It was founded in December 1989 – as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research and as a Public Health Service agency in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The agency’s aim is helping “patients and clinicians, health system leaders, purchasers, and policymakers” with making “informed decisions” and improving “the quality of health care services.” Their website provides information written for, directed to, or falling under: Clinical Information; Consumers & Patients; Funding Opportunities; Data & Surveys; Research Findings; Specific Populations; Quality & Patient Safety; Health IT; and Public Health Preparedness.

See a sample of grants and funding opportunities offered by AHRQ below or visit http://www.ahrq.gov to read more.

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Research on Improving Health Care for Obese Patients

Eligible Organizations
* Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
* Private Institution of Higher Education
* Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
* Nonprofit without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
* Small Business
* For-Profit Organization (Other than Small Business)
* State Government
* U.S. Territory or Possession
* Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)
* Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized)
* Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization
* Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entity (Foreign Organization)
* Hispanic-serving Institution
* Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
* Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
* Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
* Regional Organization
* Other(s): Eligible agencies of the Federal government; Faith-based or community based organizations.

Research Objectives
A number of studies have demonstrated the obese women are less likely to receive preventive health care services, such as mammography and cervical cancer screening than those of normal weight. The extent to which patient vs health care provider factors contribute to this disparity are unclear.

More info
This [grant] addresses two major scientific themes specified in the Strategic Plan for NIH Obesity Research (www.obesityresearch.nih.gov) 1)Breaking the Link Between Obesity and Its Associated Health Conditions; 2) Health Disparities addressing the needs of specific populations…In developing new initiatives or programs for research or education/outreach special emphasis should be given to addressing the diverse needs of populations disproportionately affected by obesity including individuals with extreme obesity.

Click here to read full announcement.

AHRQ Small Grant Program for Conference Support

Defining Conference
For the purposes of the AHRQ Small Grant Program for Conference Support, a conference is a symposium, seminar, workshop, or any other organized and formal meeting, whether conducted face-to-face or via the Internet, where individuals assemble (or meet virtually) to exchange information and views or explore or clarify a defined subject, problem, or area of knowledge, whether or not a published report results from such meeting. A meeting that is conducted as part of the normal course of doing business is not considered a conference.

Grant Amount, Objectives
AHRQ small conference grants are those with direct costs of $50,000 or less over the project period. This Program is intended to complement and promote AHRQ’s core research and implementation activities by providing a mechanism for Agency stakeholders and others to (1) develop health services research agendas and identify strategies and mechanisms for studying them, (2) discuss and develop consensus around health services research methodological and technical issues, (3) disseminate and implement health services research information and tools for formulating or evaluating health policy, managing health care programs, (4) improving quality and effectiveness of health care or purchasing health services, and (5) develop partnerships with stakeholder organizations and building their capacity to participate in research activities and using the results of health services research.

Click here to read full announcement.

AHRQ Grant Program for Large or Recurring Conferences

Eligible Organizations
* Public or non-profit private institution, such as a university, college, or a faith-based or community-based organization;
* Units of local or State government;
* Eligible agencies of the Federal government.
* Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized);
* Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized);
* Indian/Native American Tribally-Designated Organizations.

More info
AHRQ large conference grants are for recurring conferences which have received support through the AHRQ Small Conference Grant Program for Conference Support for three consecutive years or for conferences with up to $100,000 per year in total costs and a total project period not to exceed 3 years. This Program is intended to… provid[e] a mechanism for Agency stakeholders and others to (1) develop health services research agendas and identify strategies and mechanisms for studying them, (2) discuss and develop consensus around health services research methodological and technical issues, (3) disseminate and implement health services research information and tools for formulating or evaluating health policy, managing health care programs, (4) improve quality and effectiveness of health care or purchasing health services, and (5) develop partnerships with stakeholder organizations and building their capacity to participate in research activities and using the results of health services research

Click here to read full announcement.

AHRQ Small Research Grant Program

Eligible Organizations
* Public or non-profit private institution, such as a university, college, or a faith-based or community-based organization;
* Units of local or State government;
* Eligible agencies of the Federal government.
* Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized);
* Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized);
* Indian/Native American Tribally-Designated Organizations.

Priority areas of AHRQ

1) Translating Research into Practice and Policy

2) Patient Safety and Quality

3) Patient-Centered Care

4) Payment and Organization

Click here to read full announcement.

Innovative Adaptation and Dissemination of AHRQ Comparative Effectiveness Research Products, Part of the Recovery Act 2009

Eligible Organizations
* Public or non-profit private institution, such as a university, college, or a faith-based or community-based organization;
* Units of local or State government;
* Eligible agencies of the Federal government.
* Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized);
* Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized);
* Indian/Native American Tribally-Designated Organizations.

Priority Populations
Priority populations include low income groups; minority groups; women; children; the elderly; and individuals with special health care needs, including individuals with disabilities and individuals who need chronic care or end-of-life health care.

More info
AHRQ seeks Research Demonstration and Dissemination grant applications from organizations to extend the reach and impact of Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Reviews and associated products, particularly Comparative Effectiveness Research Summary Guides (CERSGs). Summary guides are intended to bridge the gap between research and practice by translating and disseminating findings on the comparative effectiveness of clinical interventions for three broad audiences – patients/consumers, clinicians, and policymakers.

Click here to read full announcement.

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