Newswise — The PhRMA Foundation will offer funding for innovative research proposals in the area of Value Assessment in 2021, making this the fourth year of support since the launch of its Value Assessment initiative. The Foundation is seeking proposals to identify and address challenges in research conducted to assess the value of medicines and health care services.

The Value Assessment Research Awards offer varying levels in research support up to $100,000 for a one-year period beginning January 2021. The level of funding will depend on the scope of proposed activities. Payments are made on a quarterly basis to the institution. A maximum of twenty-percent (20%) of the award may be used for indirect institutional costs and/or fringe benefits.

About the 2020 Research Awards

Value assessment in health care comprises a broad set of methods to synthesize and evaluate the relative benefits and costs of health care interventions. The goal of value assessment is to assist stakeholders, including patients, providers and payers, in making informed decisions to improve health and care efficiency. These assessments are conducted using varied methodological approaches to synthesize data from various sources to guide individual or population-level decisions. For greatest impact, these methods should offer opportunities to incorporate patient characteristics and their preferences to guide treatment decisions.

However, there are a number of limitations of the data sources, methodologies and measures applied in value assessment. Some of those include the failure of commonly used measures of health to capture important elements of value, the omission of heterogeneity preferences in summary measures and the incomplete picture of patient-level information or preferred outcomes in existing data sources.  

The PhRMA Foundation seeks proposals to identify and address challenges in research conducted to assess the value of medicines and health care services. Example topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Measurement and reporting of value elements
  • Frameworks for value assessment
  • Selection and reporting of study populations
  • Collection and measurement of patient-centered outcomes
  • Heterogeneity of patient preferences
  • Value-element aggregation techniques
  • Uncertainty in model parameters or structures
  • Incorporation of real-world data
  • Value from different stakeholder perspectives
  • Ethical considerations
  • Development of decision tools


Award opportunities are open to all individuals and organizations with training in health economics, outcomes research, clinical sciences or health care evaluation. Eligible applicants should hold an advanced degree in a field of study logically or functionally related to the proposed activities, such as a PhD or equivalent. Interdisciplinary collaboration is highly encouraged.

At least one collaborator must also have a firm commitment from an accredited U.S. university or research organization.

How to Apply

The Research Award application process has two phases.

Phase 1: Candidates should submit letters of intent (LOIs) no later than July 1, 2020.  LOIs will be reviewed for potential program fit, novelty, importance, rigor and clarity. Details can be found at

Phase 2: Candidates who submit a Letter of Intent will be informed by August 1, 2020 whether they should submit a full application by September 15, 2020. Details of how to submit the full application will be explained, as well.

Recipients will be announced by December 15, 2020, with funding beginning in early 2021.

Awards will be available of varying levels up to $100,000 for a one-year period beginning January 2021. Level of funding will depend on the scope of proposed activities. Candidates should consult the PhRMA Foundation for guidance or questions. The Foundation will not support evaluation of specific health care interventions.

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For more information, please contact the PhRMA Foundation at 202-572-7756 or [email protected].

About the PhRMA Foundation

For 55 years, the PhRMA Foundation has been helping to build a larger pool of highly-trained, top-quality scientists to meet the growing needs of scientific and academic institutions, government, and the research-intensive pharmaceutical industry. To advance this mission, the PhRMA Foundation has awarded more than $95 million in competitive research fellowships and grants since its founding. The Foundation’s emphasis on evidence-based research that determines the true value of medicines is supported by its Value Assessment Initiative.  To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $3.5 million to support a variety of research projects to help advance this goal, including the establishment of four national Centers of Excellence in Value Assessment.

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