Pilot Funds

The PATIENTS program is now accepting applications for up to twelve (12) $5,000 pilot awards. These awards are designed to help researchers obtain meaningful patient interaction before research activities officially begin. The goal is to bring together researchers from the University of Maryland and its partners to participate in a small PCOR project or activity, such as a focus group or interview series, that will help guide future research. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through August 31, 2018.

If you are interested in applying for funding, please fill out and return this PATIENTS Pilot Project Application‌‌.

Below are two examples of successful Pilot Funds Proposals:

After Spinal Cord Injury: Empowering Patient Directed Care during Transition from Rehabilitation to Community

Engaging Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus to Elicit Meaningful Treatment Outcomes

Patient-Centered Approach to Developing a Plan to Achieve Blood Pressure Control


Targeted Funding Announcement

The PATIENTS Program is pleased to announce a TFA for pilot project awards for up to $10,000. This opportunity is designed for UM researchers to meaningfully engage patients and PATIENTS partners prior to beginning research activities. The goal is to bring together multiple UM researchers to participate in a PCOR project or activity that would expand the PCOR capacity of the University of Maryland. Applicants (PIs) for this TFA must be UM Faculty. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through August 31, 2018.

If you are interested in applying for this TFA, please complete this Pilot Funding Special Application‌. 


Track Your Proposal

If you are preparing a CER/PCOR proposal and have benefitted from the existence of the PATIENTS program or from the services and resources that it offers, please complete this form to help us measure the impact of the PATIENTS program.

Completing this form will also enable you to receive valuable feedback from the CER/PCOR Working Group.


Partner Capabilities

PatientsLikeMe Data Capabilities Overview (Webinar and PDF Slides)

PatientsLikeMe Collaboration Requirements (PDF)

PatientsLikeMe® is a patient network that improves lives and a real-time research platform that advances medicine. Through the network, patients connect with others who have the same disease or condition and track and share their own experiences. In the process, they generate data about the real-world nature of disease that help researchers, pharmaceutical companies, regulators, providers, and nonprofits develop more effective products, services and care. With more than 250,000 members, PatientsLikeMe is a trusted source for real-world disease information and a clinically robust resource that has published more than 40 peer-reviewed research studies.