Request for Abstracts

PMCRI Pilot Grants

Penn Medical Communication Research Institute Pilot Award Program

The Penn Medical Communication Research Institute will fund up to two (2) one-year multidisciplinary pilot grants of $50,000 each. Proposals must center on the 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. One of the two faculty Co-Principal Investigators must have experience in a communication research field. Instructors are eligible to apply. Novel collaborative applications between faculty located in distinct schools in Penn are encouraged.

Proposals that focus on communication and the clinician-patient relationship will be prioritized. PMCRI can help facilitate partnerships with relevant cross-disciplinary researchers. Please reach out to for assistance.

Important Dates

Initial phase: Project title, faculty names with affiliations, and 250-word abstract emailed to Enjoli Barnes at by 5 pm, November 21, 2023.

Second phase: Submission of a 2-page application with biosketches and a budget will be requested in a subset, for submission by December 19, 2023.

Award Start date: February 1, 2024

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." A recoridng on the 2023 symposium on "Social Media and Effective Medical Communication" will be available soon. 

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.