Request for Abstracts

PMCRI Pilot Grants

The Penn Medical Communication Research Institute will fund up to three (3) one-year multidisciplinary pilot grants of $50,000 each. The deadline for abstracts is November 18, 2022. Proposals must center on communication of medical information, with priority given to studies with experimental designs. Each proposal must have at least two faculty Co‐Principal Investigators from different disciplines within the University of Pennsylvania. Instructors are eligible to apply. Novel collaborative applications between faculty located in distinct schools in Penn are encouraged.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The flow of scientific information through medical journals.
    •  The impact of preprint servers and dissemination of non-peer reviewed information on patient care
    • How to improve public trust in the scientific process
      • Communication of errors and retractions
      • Norms of self-correction and the value of replication and transparency
    • How to reduce deception and bias in reporting
    • How to optimize the use of technology to provide content to medical providers
  • The flow of medical information through traditional journalism
    • The accuracy of press releases in representing study validity and conclusions
    • The effect of the content of a press release on its dissemination
    • Sources of medical information used by journalists
  • The flow of medical information to the public.
    • Assessment of how patients obtain medical content and variation by region of the country, literacy, cultural content, and access to technology
    • Methods to improve dissemination and uptake of medical information to a diverse audience
    • Methods to direct internet searches and social media toward scientifically accurate medical information
    • Strategies to help clinicians respond to patient’s misperceptions that are guided by misinformation

Previous PMCRI Symposia and Pilot Projects

View lectures from the 2021 inaugural symposium on "Preventing Medical Misinformation: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches" and the 2022 symposium on "Medical Communication in Women’s Reproductive Health: The Message and the Messenger."

Read about previous pilot award projects, which include research work to assess misinformation, reduce medical bias, increase vaccination rates, improve communication with caregivers, and improve diversity and inclusion in healthcare.

Important Dates

Initial phase: Project title, faculty names with affiliations, and 250 word abstract emailed to Enjoli Barnes at by 5 pm November 18, 2022.

Second phase: Submission of a 2-page application with biosketches and a budget request in a subset, for submission by December 16, 2022.

Award Start date: February 1, 2023