National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network issues RFP

Nonprofit organization the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is seeking communications support for its National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network.

WASHINGTON: Nonprofit organization the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is seeking communications support for its National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network.

The organization is accepting bids for PCORnet, a national network dedicated to conducting clinical research, through June 4, according to RFP documents released last week.  

Through the RFP, the nonprofit is looking to find a "highly-experienced and innovative communications team" to aid PCORnet in its external communications efforts, the documents state. The organization also encourages applications from agencies with experience in the health industry or healthcare communications.

PCORI was developed out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010. PCORnet is "a consortium of 29 partner networks that was created by PCORI to support a more efficient and effective approach to conducting clinical research," the RFP states.

Some of the "key deliverables" outlined in the RFP include a strategic communication plan and associated work plan, development plan for content, media kit, crisis communications plan, description of the bidder’s video production capabilities and a plan for leveraging video, and ongoing consultation and technical assistance. The document also states that bidding agencies should offer their guidance and best practices for PCORnet’s partner networks on how to work with the media and the public.

Joe Clayton, EVP at GolinHarris, said the firm is the AOR for PCORI, and plans to submit a proposal for the PCORnet work, as it's a separate project than the agency's ongoing scope of work. PCORnet is an "affiliated infrastructure," he said.

PCORI is not "necessarily limiting the opportunity to only DC-based firms," said Christine Stencel, associate director for media relations at PCORI. She also confirmed that the nonprofit has worked with GolinHarris since 2010.

A budget was not specified in the RFP. Stencel said firms are asked to indicate the budget they would operate under.

The RFP states one award is anticipated to be made by June 18 and the contract would run from July 1 through September 30, 2015.

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