COVID-19 Research Awards

AHRQ has approved 28 research grants designed to explore questions on the delivery of healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants have been awarded to fund new projects and funds to enable existing projects to be refocused on COVID topics.

Research will focus on the increased use of telehealth, best practices in rural care settings, emergency management in hospitals, addressing critical barriers to effectively responding to the pandemic hospital care especially for vulnerable populations, and improving clinician safety.

Some of the new Research Projects on COVID-19 includes:

  • An award to the University of Colorado, Denver CO, for $491,293 (project number R01HS028085-01) to study the sudden shift to telehealth due to COVID-19 within nurse-led care models located in Colorado rural and urban communities. ( PI/Leader-Amy J Barton
  • An award to the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, for $646,620 (project number R01HS028172-01) to study care and safety practices during the COVID-19 pandemic in home-based long-term services and supports. (PI/Leader Carrie Wendel-Hummell)
  • An award to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor MI, for $499,999 (project number R01HS28038-01) to study the rapid understanding of best practices in rural intensive care (RUBRIC) (PI leader Thomas Sebastian)
  • An award to the University of Southern California Los Angeles for $482,844 (project number R01HS28127-01) to study the role of telehealth in COVID-19 response. (PI/Leader Daniella Meeker)
  • An award to SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Albany, NY for $452,992 (project number R01 HS28220-01) to evaluate enhanced HIT for COVID-19 Response workflow in medically underserved communities. (PI/Leader David Kaufman)
  • An award to the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC for $499,961 (project number R01HS28284-01) to study how to leverage telehealth and informatics to create a continuum of services for COVID-19 screening, testing, and treatment using a learning health system approach. (PI/Leader Kit N. Simpson)


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