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”.