The goal of the Place Outcomes Research Awards (PORA) is to support and accelerate outcomes, health services, implementation and quality improvement research at Cincinnati Children’s by funding innovative studies that use rigorous methods to improve health and healthcare delivery. Awards should generate knowledge that is generalizable to other settings and will be competitive for external research funding. Outcomes research includes research that results in innovative approaches to healthcare delivery, optimizes the effectiveness and implementation of clinical interventions, examines whether outcomes meaningful to patients and families have changed, and assesses the value of new clinical practices. Through this research, Cincinnati Children’s is most likely to achieve its mission of ensuring the best medical and quality of life outcomes, patient and family experiences and value locally, regionally, nationally. 

The Outcomes Research Awards have been named for Geoffrey Place, a past Vice President of Research and Development for Procter and Gamble, and a member of the Cincinnati Children’s Board of Trustees from 1979 until 2009. During that time, Place chaired the Research Committee of the Board. His long and distinguished service to our institution contributed significantly to the growth of our research program through his extensive experience in managing research and development, his creativity and his strategic thinking. His incisive questioning led to the key concepts of outcomes, experience and value in our mission statement, concepts that drive the areas of interest of these Outcomes Research Awards.

Applications will be accepted from all faculty investigators of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, including Patient Services, and other healthcare faculty with advanced degrees (MD, PhD, or equivalent). Clusters of investigators spanning disciplines and programs of the faculty are strongly encouraged. Only one Place Outcomes Research application will be accepted from an individual principal investigator. Principal investigators may submit up to two revisions of an initial application. Given the desire to fund a broad group of investigators using internal funding mechanisms, applications submitted by principal investigators of previously funded Place Outcomes Research Awards are not encouraged and may be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Research Proposals

Grants can be requested for up to two years, with the second year contingent on progress. The maximum budget is $75,000 a year. Funds cannot carry over from year one and two. The number of awardees will be determined by the quality of proposals, the requested budgets of meritorious proposals and available funds. It is anticipated that up to eight awards will be made each round. Funding can be requested for faculty salary support, support staff, supplies and travel to one domestic scientific meeting. The maximum principal investigator support is 10 percent of salary per year. Faculty at all levels are eligible, and balance among awardees will be sought.


Support is available for multidisciplinary retreats (at Cincinnati Children’s or off campus) for up to $3,000 / retreat. Retreats should have a goal of developing or accelerating an outcomes research agenda within or between divisions or departments. Proposals should include a health services and / or quality-improvement research focus and include participants with outside expertise or experience in these areas if needed. Funds are contingent upon matching funds (1:1) derived from other resources (clinical or research divisions). Applications for retreats are accepted at any time and should be emailed to Evaline Alessandrini, MD, MSCE, and cc:

Outcomes Research Awardee Activities

An overarching goal of the grants mechanism is to foster a community of researchers focused on cutting edge outcomes research at Cincinnati Children's. Such a research community will have ties that cut across divisions and programs that currently conduct outcomes related research. To this end, awardees will participate in activities and network building to enhance the Cincinnati Children's outcomes research community such as:  

  • Attending an annual symposium within the institution in which research in progress and completed research will be presented in poster or platform format
  • Participating in quarterly “work in progress” seminars with other awardees and outcomes researchers
  • Participating in seminars and events (including visiting professor lectures and grand rounds) sponsored by the HSR Collaborative.