The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.

NPCRC Now Accepting Letters of Intent Online


In an effort to support investigators conducting clinical research in palliative care who wish to maximize their chances of larger extramural funding, the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) is soliciting applications for Pilot/Exploratory Project Grants (PEP) and Junior Faculty Career Development Awards (CDA). Please note that this will be the last year of the Pilot/Exploratory Project Grant Program due to NPCRC’s expansion of CDA funding opportunities in 2019.


These RFAs are limited to applications that focus on palliative care research projects for seriously ill patients and their families in one or more of the three specific areas:


1. Exploring the relationship of pain and other distressing symptoms to quality and quantity of life, independence, function, and disability and developing interventions directed at their treatment in patients with serious and chronic illnesses;

2. Studying methods of improving communication between patients living with serious illness, their families and their health care providers; 

3. Evaluating models and systems of care for patients living with serious illness and their families.


*Of note, research focused on advanced care planning will not be considered this year due to NPCRC current funding priorities.


Letters of Intent are due November 5, 2018. Full proposals are accepted by invitation only and are due January 21, 2019. All awards will start July 1, 2019.

RFA CDA_2018.pdf

RFA PILOT_2018.pdf