PCORnet Study Designation Request

PCORnet Study Designation, which reflects the PCORnet brand and its association with high-quality and efficient patient-centered clinical research, may be requested after funding is secured. To qualify for PCORnet Study Designation, a study must:

  1. Be people-centered
  2. Include at least one PCORnet partner network
  3. Use quality-checked data standardized to the PCORnet Common Data Model (CDM) format
  4. Use as many PCORnet resources as possible
  5. Demonstrate how participants/patients are engaged in the design, conduct, analysis, or dissemination of the research

The Submission and Review Process

Before submitting a request, it is important to understand the qualifications for PCORnet Study designation and be prepared to describe how your study is people-centered and how participants/patients are engaged throughout the study. PCORnet Study Designation may be requested after funding is secured, e.g., awarded and contracted, or executed. The first step of the official process is to complete the PCORnet Front Door Request Form, including the PCORnet Study Designation section.

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Following an administrative review by the Front Door, your request will be reviewed by the PCORnet Research Committee to ensure qualifications are met. The review process takes approximately two weeks, after which time the Front Door will notify you of the approval status. Use the downloadable Request Form Template to preview the Front Door request questions and compile your information ahead of time.

PCORnet Study Designation FAQs

How does PCORnet define “people-centered”?

Consistent with PCORI philosophies and values regarding patient-centered research, PCORnet deems a research activity to be people-centered if it pursues a question that is important to participants/patients, measures outcomes that are noticeable and meaningful to participants/patients, and produces results that help participants/patients weigh the value of healthcare options given their personal circumstances, conditions, and preferences.

Does my study demonstrate participant/patient engagement?

A requirement for PCORnet Study Designation is that the study demonstrate how participants/patients are engaged in the design, conduct, analysis, or dissemination of the research.  Consider the following prompts when describing how your study demonstrates participant/patient engagement:

  • In what phases of the project are participants/patients involved?
  • Are you working with PPRNs? Advocacy groups?
  • Which stakeholders or groups are you (or will you) be engaging?
  • What components of the research project will they be contributing to?
  • How has (or how will) your study design been modified by the participant/patient engagement?

For additional information, refer to the PCORI Engagement Rubric for Applicants.

What resources and services are available through PCORnet?
  • Access to PCORnet investigator and patient/participant expertise through partner networks and Collaborative Research Groups (CRGs) via a Network Collaboration Request
  • Consultation on creation of a computable phenotype to identify populations of interest
  • Access to the PCORnet Distributed Research Network Operations Center (DRN OC) to obtain aggregated results to inform research project development
  • Data science consultation in the development of PCORnet Data Network queries to answer research questions
  • Consultation for the use of a Single IRB model and its associated procedures
What is the significance of PCORnet Study Designation?

PCORnet Study Designation reflects the PCORnet brand and its association with high-quality and efficient patient-centered clinical research.  With PCORnet Study Designation, your study will become part of the nation’s most robust clinical research network that unites clinicians, people, researchers, and health systems to deliver fast and meaningful real-world insights.  PCORnet’s mission is to enable patient-centered, trustworthy clinical research that helps people make informed health decisions. With PCORnet Study Designation, you join this important mission.

Designated studies will be assigned a PCORnet Study Identification Number, which you are encouraged to include in all communications and publications.  PCORnet Designated Studies are granted use of the PCORnet logo and access to PCORnet’s tools and resources through the PCORnet Commons.   In addition, the PCORnet strategic communications team will offer tools to help you engage with important stakeholders, and will include news about your study in the context of the network in existing PCORnet communication channels.

What are the requirements of a PCORnet Designated Study?

Requirements for a PCORnet Designated Study are policies of the PCORnet Council, the governing body of the Network, and are intended to ensure transparent activity and service improvements to investigators and the public. Requirements include:

  • Registration with ClinicalTrials.gov for all eligible studies
  • Submission of the final analysis files, the final protocol, and two abstracts to the PCORnet Coordinating Center within 18 months of study completion
  • Acknowledgment of the study’s status as a PCORnet study in all websites, reports, presentations, and manuscripts
  • Submission of a report on lessons learned from your study’s successes and failures to the PCORnet Coordinating Center within 18 months from the completion of the final analysis files
  • Compliance with PCORnet policies to not sell, or otherwise provide source data or analyzable datasets developed through queries that are issued via PCORnet, to third parties unless they are being shared for a pre-specified and PCORnet-approved research use
Last updated on March 6, 2018