Research Funding Opportunities for Primary Care Research at AHRQ
AHRQ has numerous opportunities to support primary care research through funding opportunities related to health information technology, patient-reported outcomes, addressing multiple chronic conditions, and many more topics integral to primary care. AHRQ announces these opportunities through Notices of Funding Opportunities and Special Emphasis Notices.
Notices of Funding Opportunities
Funding Available for Incidence and Contributing Factors to Understanding and Improving Diagnostic Safety in Ambulatory Care
A new Notice of Funding Opportunity (RO1) invites proposals focused on understanding and improving diagnostic safety in the heterogenous ambulatory care environment. AHRQ is interested in learning about the incidence and contributory factors of diagnostic error within and across the array of ambulatory care services. All applications are due by February 5, 2024.
Funding Available for Strategies and Interventions to Improve Diagnostic Safety in Ambulatory Care
A new Notice of Funding Opportunity (R18) invites proposals focused on developing strategies and interventions to improve diagnostic safety in the heterogenous ambulatory care environment. AHRQ is interested in providing support designed to develop, test, and evaluate ambulatory care activities that will improve diagnostic safety and quality. Applications are due by January 25, 2024.
Funding Support Available for Projects Designed to Advance the Science of Primary Care
This Small Research Grant (R03) NOFO will support discrete primary care-focused health services research projects designed to advance the science of primary care. The research strategy proposed by applicants must be related to the mission and research interests of AHRQ and its National Center for Excellence in Primary Care Research (NCEPCR). This NOFO aims to support small research projects that advance the understanding of the role and capacity of primary care to increase the value and quality of care and improve patient outcomes and population health by delivering person-centered care.
All applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.
Special Emphasis Notices
- Released May 8, 2023; standing: NOT-HHS-23-013:AHRQ Announces Interest in Health Services Research to Advance Health and Health Equity (nih.gov)
- Released January 2023; standing: NOT-HS-23-006: AHRQ Announces Interest in Research on Climate Change and Healthcare (nih.gov)
- Released March 2022; active until February 2025: NOT-HS-22-011: AHRQ Announces Interest in Primary Care Research (nih.gov)
- Released February 2022; active until February 2025: NOT-HS-22-010: AHRQ Announces Interest in Health Services Research on Health System and Healthcare Professional Responsiveness to COVID-19 (nih.gov)
AHRQ also strongly encourages applications that focus on primary care in response to its standing Program Announcements for small and large research grants, demonstration grants, and conference grants. You can read more about different types of grants and steps for applying for grant funding.
Career Development Opportunities
In October 2021, AHRQ issued a standing Special Emphasis Notice in support of career development of primary care researchers.
AHRQ is interested in career development applications that will provide the opportunity for qualified promising primary care research scientists to develop into independent primary care researchers. Meritorious proposals will detail and describe:
- Plans for mentorship with an established primary care researcher.
- Sufficient infrastructure to support practice-based research.
AHRQ sponsors several career development awards intended to foster the career development of promising new investigators. These programs provide salary and research support for a sustained period of time for early career clinicians and research scientists.
Please direct all inquiries to: Tamara Willis, Ph.D., M.P.H. Tamara.Willis@ahrq.hhs.gov.