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Media Advisory Date: December 17, 1999
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality today announced that it is seeking applications to conduct cooperative agreement demonstration projects which specifically focus on evaluating different strategies for translating research into practice through partnerships. AHRQ will award up to $7 million in total costs in fiscal year 2000 to support the first year of approximately 12 to 18 projects under this Request for Proposals (RFA). This request builds on two earlier RFAs: Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) and Assessment of Quality Improvement Strategies in Health Care, which were published in January 1999, and recently funded. Letters of intent are requested by March 10, 2000, and applications must be received by April 27, 2000.
Partnerships between researchers and health care systems or organizations are a central component of this RFA. The objective is to accelerate and magnify the impact of the research on clinical practice and patient outcomes in health care settings. Of particular interest are health systems and organizations that use the strengths of information systems to implement strategies for quality improvement. The proposals should be focused on applied research with the objective of developing sustainable and reproducible strategies to translate evidence into practice. Public and private nonprofit organizations, including universities, clinics, state and local government units, nonprofit firms and foundations, as well as for-profit organizations, may submit applications.
Organizations that have already expressed an interest in entering into partnerships with researchers to evaluate efforts to translate research findings funded under this RFA include: Alliance Continuing Care Network, American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Clinical Directors' Network, Florida Association of Homes for the Aging, Ramah Navajo School Board, U.S. Quality Algorithms, and High Plains Research Network. A more complete list is included in the RFA and on the AHRQ Web site at http://www.ahrq.gov/fund/partners.htm.
Funded investigators are also encouraged to develop and build on existing relationships with organizations and systems on their own.
To obtain a copy of the RFA online, select "Translating Research into Practice II" on AHRQ's Web site at http://www.ahrq.gov/fund/. The RFA and application forms are available from the AHRQ Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 8547, Silver Spring, MD 20907; phone 800-358-9295.
For additional information, please contact AHRQ Public Affairs at (301) 427-1364: Nancy Comfort (301) 427-1866 (NComfort@ahrq.gov).