AHRQ’s New Digital Division

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality https://www.ahrq.gov within HHS has established the Division of Digital Healthcare Research https://www.digital.ahrq.gov. The Division will explore the enormous potential of data and digital research to generate new knowledge and tools that will be shareable, standards-based, publicly available, and whole-person oriented.

To support expanding digital healthcare knowledge, AHRQ has announced funding to invite applications to produce and support large-scale projects that would improve communication and care transitions via promising health information technology solutions.

The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) (PA-20-068) “Improving Quality of Care and Patient Outcomes during Care Transitions” (R01) was posted December 4, 2019. Total costs for a project awarded under this FOA will not exceed $400,000 in a given year and $2 million for the entire project period.

The FOA is focused in three research areas but are not necessarily limited to these three areas:

  • Care Transitions Between Primary Care, Acute Care, and Specialty Providers
  • Care Transitions Between Different Institutional Care Settings
  • Care Transitions focusing on Patients, Families, and Communities


Eligible applicants can come from higher education institutions, nonprofits other than institutions of higher education, governments, Native American Tribal organizations, faith-based or community-based organizations, and regional organizations.

AHRQ’s authorizing legislation does not allow for-profit organizations to be eligible to lead applications under this research mechanism, For-profit organizations and foreign institutions may participate in projects as members of consortia or as subcontractors only.

Go to https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-20-068.html#_Section_ll_Award_1 to view the FOA “Improving Quality of Care and Patient Outcomes during Care Transitions”.


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