The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Board of Governors today awarded $114 million in grants to 71 research projects. The awards include studies of ways to improve care for and the health of people with heart disease, chronic pain, several types of cancer, obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, autism, respiratory disorders, and various mental health conditions. Several projects will explore ways to support patient and family caregiver decision-making, reduce health disparities, and improve health care delivery systems. They also include the first 19 awards focused on improving research methods. “Each of these projects will engage patients and other stakeholders in meaningful ways with researchers to tackle critical health problems that affect tens of millions of people nationwide,” said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, M.D. The board also approved a $9 million contract to a consortium led by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute to serve as the coordinating center for a new national data network being developed through PCORI.