The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is launching a major initiative to further expand patient safety research beyond acute care hospitals. To that end, AHRQ recently released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for research in ambulatory and long-term care settings.
There is a growing need to generate new knowledge and re-examine available evidence for improving patient safety in ambulatory settings and resident safety in long term care settings. AHRQ is seeking grant proposals to expand the scientific evidence, strategies, and tools that are available for improving safety in ambulatory and/or long term care settings. It is expected that the results of these projects will add to the existing knowledge base as AHRQ seeks to make care safer in all health care settings. The FOA features a call for proposals with a specific research focus on understanding and eliminating disparities in ambulatory patient and resident safety.
Submissions are due by April 27, 2015, and can be accepted as early as March 27. Total costs awarded under this announcement are capped at $500,000 a year and $1.5 million for the entire project period. The project period may not exceed three years.