This R21 FOA (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-001.html) will fund exploratory and developmental research grants that will contribute to the evidence base of how health IT improves health care quality. The total costs for a project awarded under this FOA will not exceed $200,000 in any given year or $300,000 for the entire project period. The project period may not exceed 2 years.
This FOA supports the use of a wide variety of research designs in order to generate information regarding the design and development, implementation, use, or impact of health IT on quality. Depending on the research design and intent of the project, applicants may receive support for: (1) pilot and feasibility or self-contained health IT research projects; (2) secondary data analysis of health IT research; or (3) economic (prospective or retrospective) analyses of a health IT project.
This FOA is focused on five research areas of interest that are needed to support health care quality and are considered part of a continuous quality improvement process. The five research areas of interest for this FOA are design, implementation, use, impact on outcomes, and measurement.