Submit a proposal

There are five steps to submitting and completing a research project. Only principal investigators from active/contributing member institutions can submit research proposals to the PCRC for review.

Step One: Draft Research Proposal

The proposal must include the following:

  1. Title,
  2. List of authors in order of proposed authorship for a manuscript,
  3. Full study protocol including background and significance, methodology, statistics, and references (available in downloads area)
  4. Specific MPOG data fields you are requesting.
  5. Use the coversheet and proposal templates (available in downloads area)

Step Two: Institutional PI Review

The study must be reviewed by the institution's own PI for completeness and appropriateness of the questions, the introduction, the literature review, and the specificity and completeness of the data field description. The institutional PI must also confirm that the institutional IRB is complete and appropriate for the study.

Step Three: Statistical Review

The primary author and the PI must state within the proposal the specific statistical techniques which will be used and provide the name of a statistical consulting group within the institution which will ensure the techniques are appropriate and complete.

The author and PI may use an outside independent statistical service; if so, that group needs to be identified. Any cost of this statistical review will be at the expense of the authors. Independent statistical resources are available at the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research and Colorado Health Outcomes Program.

Step Four: PCRC Review

When a proposal is submitted online to the PCRC, it will be reviewed within 60 days.  The PCRC meets on the second Monday of each month, from 10:00am - 12:00pm Eastern Time Zone.  Proposals must be received two weeks prior to a meeting to be considered for review.  Proposals may be approved as is. If so, access will be provided to those data fields from the MPOG database. Otherwise, the PCRC will make recommendations for changes so that a future submission will be approved.

Members of the PCRC will evaluate proposals based on the following questions:

  1. Is the study as presented in the Introduction complete and comprehensive?
  2. Is the specific study question concisely presented?
  3. Are the data (data fields) requested specifically delineated?
  4. Will the data requested answer the question being asked?
  5. Is the proposed statistical technique appropriate?
  6. Is the literature review complete and comprehensive?

Submit research proposals as email enclosures to Tory Lacca. 

Step Five: Create Project Manuscript

It is the obligation of the primary researcher to write a manuscript and abstract for this research project.

The goal of the research project is to produce high quality original research which is submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

If the primary author does not complete a draft of a manuscript within nine months of receiving the completed statistics on the data, a co-author may request primary authorship and assume the responsibility of authoring the manuscript. At this point the original primary author will assume a co-authorship role.  The manuscript is submitted to the PCRC to ensure that the data were used in the manner proposed in the original proposal.  This review is not to evaluate the results or conclusions, simply to confirm that the data usage is consistent .