AHRQ Individual Awards for Postdoctoral Fellows (F32) National Research Service Awards (NRSA): PA-12-261
FOA Purpose: The purpose of the postdoctoral fellowship (F32) award is to provide support to promising postdoctoral applicants who have the potential to become productive and successful independent research investigators. The proposed postdoctoral training must offer an opportunity to enhance the applicant’s understanding of health services research and must be responsive to AHRQ’s mission, which is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. 42 U.SC. 299a(b) authorizes AHRQ to provide training programs in the field of health services research.
The research sponsored and conducted by the Agency develops and presents scientific evidence regarding all aspects of health care in the United States. It addresses issues of organization, delivery, financing, utilization, patient and provider behavior, outcomes, effectiveness and cost. It evaluates both clinical services and the system in which these services are provided. These scientific results improve the evidence base to enable better decisions about health care, including such areas as: disease prevention; appropriate use of medical technologies; care coordination, care management, enhancing access to care, patient self-management; palliative care; improving diagnosis, treatment, patient access, and work flow while reducing costs or holding them constant; long-term care; reducing disparities in health care outcomes and quality among racial, ethnic, and underserved populations; enhancing the transparency and accountability of care delivery practices and outcomes; and contributing to evidence-based decision making by patients, providers, regulators, and payers. AHRQ is especially interested in applications that propose to train researchers to address healthcare disparities and quality measurement and improvement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to focus on topical areas unique to AHRQ, demonstrating how expected results can be used or made available for use to enhance healthcare quality. Results should be directly relevant to stakeholders, such as providers and practitioners, administrators, payers, consumers, policymakers, and insurers. The strategic research goals are:
Safety/quality – Reduce the risk of harm from health care services by promoting the delivery of appropriate care that achieves the best quality outcomes
Efficiency – Achieve wider access to effective health care services and reduce health care costs
Effectiveness – Assure that providers and consumers/patients use beneficial and timely health care information to make informed decision choices.
AHRQ also has specific research portfolio areas of interest which include comparative effectiveness/patient-centered outcomes, health information technology (health IT), value, patient safety, prevention and care management, and healthcare innovations. To learn more about AHRQ’s focus within these portfolios of work, please visit http://www.ahrq.gov/fund/portfolio.htm
Applicants are required to address training in research issues critical to AHRQ priority populations, including: individuals living in inner city and rural (including frontier) areas; low-income and minority groups; women, children, the elderly; and individuals with special health care needs, including those with disabilities and those who need chronic or end-of-life health care.
Trainees must focus their research development and projects on health care delivery in the United States.
Applicant fellows with a health professional doctoral degree may use the proposed postdoctoral training to satisfy a portion of the degree requirements for a master's degree, a research doctoral degree or any other advanced research degree program.
Companion Funding Opportunity:
Letter of Intent Due Date: None
Application Due Date(s): Standard dates for Individual National Research Service awards apply, please see: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm
Expiration Date: December 9, 2015