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November 2014
Policy and Advocacy
Society Calls for More Funding of ID Comparative Effectiveness Research
IDSA recently urged the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to consider more ID research projects when reviewing applications for funding.

Since PCORI’s formation in 2010 under the Affordable Care Act, comparative effectiveness research focusing on acute infections has remained noticeably underrepresented among the projects PCORI has supported, IDSA noted in a September letter (PDF) to the organization. Multi-drug resistant microbes, health care-associated infections, and emerging infectious diseases continue to be major challenges to patient care, and require strong, patient-engaged research to assess the effectiveness of new advances in clinical care, such as rapid diagnostics or alternative prevention and treatment, the Society’s letter said.  PCORI staff responded enthusiastically to IDSA’s letter and are interested in further engagement with the Society.  IDSA will continue to look for opportunities to encourage PCORI to fund more ID research.

Members of IDSA who have received PCORI grant funding and are willing to share their experiences, tips, or pointers, for the benefit of other IDSA members who may wish to pursue PCORI grants are encouraged to contact Greg Frank, IDSA’s program officer for science and research policy, at

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